Thomas Habaeff

Thomas Habaeff
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 15 May 1915, p. 26

Alias Tembolat Habaeff (shipping records)

Russian spelling

Тембулат Дударкоевич Хабаев

Born 1891

Place Khumalag, Ossetia, the Caucasus

Ethnic origin Ossetian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Demetre Habaeff

Mother Gege Habaeff

Arrived at Australia
from Port Arthur, China (Russian administration)
on 28.05.1913
per Eastern
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Port Pirie, Broken Hill, Newcastle, Brisbane

Occupation Labourer, 1930 cane cutter

service number 85
enlisted 1.04.1915
POE Rockhampton, Qld
unit 26th Battalion, 7th LTM Battery, 2nd Div. LTM Battery
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916-1917
casualties WIA 1917
final fate RTA 27.08.1917
discharged 27.11.1917

Naturalisation 1922

Residence after the war Rockhampton, 1919 Winton, Innisfail, Townsville, Mourilyan, 1920 Innisfail, 1921 Townsville, Mourilyan, 1930 Tully, Qld. Returned to Russia in the 1930s; lived in Beslan in Ossetia, arrested by NKVD 25.02.1938. Died while under investigation.

Died 1939, Beslan, Ossetia


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Alien registration (NAA)

Applications for admission relatives and friends 1 2 3 (NAA)


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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Thomas Habaeff, an Ossetian who fought through Gallipoli and the Western Front until severely wounded at Bullecourt, worked as a labourer and cane-cutter from 1918 to 1921, meandering up and down central and north Queensland -- Rockhampton, Aramac, Winton, Townsville, Cairns, Townsville, Halifax, Townsville, Innisfail, Townsville, Mourilyan. He later returned to Russia [...]