John Evanoff

Alias Jacob Evonoff (service records); John & Jack Evanoff

Russian spelling

Иван Иванович Иванов

Born 25.01.1893

Place Novo Dilizhan, Elizavetpol (now Armenia), the Caucasus

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Roman Catholic (?)

Father John Evanoff

Mother Euphemia Evanova


Wife Catherine Mary Evanoff (née Lindbeck) married 1919, Annandale; children: twins Joan Euphemia & Betty Alice b. 7.01.1921, Lois b.12.06.1922, North Sydney

Arrived at Australia
from America as AB seaman
on 30.04.1917
per Winslow
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation Seaman, labourer, miner

service number 4678
enlisted 2.07.1917
POE Sydney
unit 1st Pioneer Battalion, 53rd Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1918
casualties WIA 1918 (twice)
final fate RTA 4.01.1919
discharged 5.06.1919 MU

Naturalisation 1939

Residence after the war Sydney, Nerrigundah, NSW

Died 30.01.1961 Concord, Sydney


Naturalisation (NAA) (John Evanoff)

Alien registration (?) (NAA) (Evanoff)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Jacob Evonoff)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Evonoff)

Family tree on

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Knocking the police about. Burly Russian soldier pays for little outing. - Sun, Sydney, 10 March 1919, p. 6.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Sometimes it is so hard to decipher the names of these remote villages from the versions recorded in Australian documents -- such as 'Novo Delgedghn', which was Jacob Evonoff's home, according to his service records. And for a while I despaired over being able to discover where this might be. It eventually turned out to be Novyi Dilizhan, a village in Elizavetpol, the trans-Caucasian province near Lake Sevan (now on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border), an area settled from the 19th century by Russians persecuted for their religious beliefs. This soldier's correct name, incidentally, was John Ivanoff; the enlisting clerk was obviously finding these strange Russian words hard to understand.