Parfeny Grehoff

Parfeny Grehoff
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 15 May 1915, p. 27

Russian spelling

Парфений Грехов

Born 7.02.1870

Place Ust-Kamenogorsk, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Parfeny Grehoff

Mother Stephanida


By 1915 widower, daughter Valentina Grehoff, Vladivostok

Arrived at Australia
from Far East
on 28.10.1913
per Eastern
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Yarraman Creek, North Qld, Brisbane

Occupation 1915 veterinary doctor and surgeon, labourer, 1918 poultry farmer, 1919 labourer

Service 1
service number 2142
enlisted 26.03.1915
POE Brisbane
unit 15th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915
final fate RTA 8.05.1916
discharged 12.07.1916 MU

Service 2
service number 1315
enlisted 1.05.1918
POE Brisbane
unit AN&MEF
rank Private
place New Britain, 1918
final fate RTA 12.09.1918
discharged 15.10.1918 MU

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war Qld

Died 16.01.1922 Qld


Digitised service records (NAA)

Application to enlist (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry 1 2 (AWM)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Russians who joined the army together, or who met up at training camp, would often embark together. [...] The Karoola, which left Brisbane on 12 June 1915, carried eight Russians mostly from northern Queensland: Glowacki, Roomianzoff, Sekachoff, Karelin (6/9th Battalion), and Lopaten, Grehoff, Smagin and Volkoff (6/15th Battalion). In Sydney they were joined by three of their countrymen -- Kozakoff, Harbert and Kozakovshonok.

[...] Parfeny Grehoff had taken up poultry farming in Australia after his medical discharge caused by injuries he sustained at Gallipoli, but in May 1918 he re-enlisted, this time in the AN&MEF. He served as a private at Rabaul and Kokopo garrisons until getting sick, when he was invalided back to Australia once again.