Serguey Kalinin

Alias enlisted as Serge Medvedeff, later used his true name Serguey Andronikovich Kalinin, naturalised as Serguey Alexander Kalinin

Russian spelling

Сергей Андроникович Калинин

Born 30.09.1886

Place Moscow, Russia (naturalisation); Ekaterinburg, Russia (alien registration)

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Andron Efremovich Kalinin

Mother Anna (Evdokia) Medvedeff

Residence before arrival at Australia Served in the Russian Army for 2 years

Arrived at Australia
from Nagasaki, Japan (as Ilia Medvedeff)
on 14.11.1909
per Yawata Maru
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Brisbane

Occupation In Russia: bookkeeper, 1915 farm labourer, worked on railway lines Service

service number 3851
enlisted 22.12.1915
POE Rockhampton, Qld
unit 31st Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917
final fate RTA 21.12.1917
discharged 26.03.1918 MU

Naturalisation 1940

Residence after the war Brisbane

Died 4.01.1950, Brisbane


Naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Medvedeff)

Alien registration (NAA)

Queensland censors reports (NAA) (Q.F. 3238)

Repatriation Medical case file (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

L. Berk et al., 'Protest by Russian Soldiers'. - Daily Mail, Brisbane, 5 September 1918, p. 8.

L. Berk et al., 'Russian Soldiers' Protest'. - Daily Mail, Brisbane, 17 September 1918, p. 7.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Serguey Kalinin, a merchant's son from Ekaterinburg, wrote of his experience [...]: 'I was gassed by Bullecourt and my lungs are badly affected ... In Bullecourt I lost image of St Nicholas, and now I am without my Mother's blessing. I am sure this little ikone saved my life.'