Bekza Gasieff

Alias Gassieff
Russian spelling Бекза Гасиев
Born 1881
Place Gizel, Vladikavkaz, Ossetia, the Caucasus
Ethnic origin Ossetian
Religion Russian Orthodox
Family Wife Doris (Dunia) Gasieff (née Lapassova), married 1914, children Lida (Eva) Gasieff b. 1913 and Peter Gasieff b. 1915. Doris left Australia with children in 1921; in 1934 Peter Gasieff, refugee from Russia, destitute in India, applied for return to Australia and lived in Sydney serving in the AIF in WWII
Arrived at Australia from Far East via Moji
on 3.12.1912
per Eastern
disembarked at Melbourne
Residence before enlistment Port Pirie, Melbourne, Sydney
Occupation Farmer; smelter; after the war shopkeeper
Naturalisation Served as Russian subject
Residence after the war 1917-18 Adelaide, 1919 Brisbane

Service #1

Service number 8604, 4780
Enlisted 7.10.1915
Place of enlistment Adelaide
Unit 10th Battalion; 50th Battalion
Rank Private
Place Western Front, 1916-1917
Final fate RTA 10.09.1917
Discharged 28.12.1917 MU



Елена Говор, Осетинские анзаки. - Северная Осетия, 14 сентября 2007.

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Newspaper articles

Waiting for the priest. A claim for maintenance. - _Barrier Miner _, Broken Hill, 29 May 1914, p. 4.

Wife or slave? -The Advertiser Adelaide, 23 December 1914, p. 11.

The unveiled woman. Jealous Russian husband - Port Pirie Recorder and North Western Mail, 24 December 1914, p. 1.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[...] in April [1916] the Mongolia brought ten Russians from South Australia, among them five Ossetians from the Port Pirie smelters who had joined up together in October 1915 -- Soltanoff, Gasieff, Mamsuroff, Dezantoff, and Tolparoff.

[...] Even less is known about what happened to the family of Bekza Gasieff. He was an Ossetian married to a Russian woman, and they left for Russia in the 1920s. In 1934 Peter Gasieff, his Australian-born son, turned up in India, destitute, where he appealed to Australian authorities after escaping from Russia. Unfortunately, the available documents shed no light on this family's misfortunes.