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
Naturalisation 1940
Residence after the war Brisbane
Died 4.01.1950, Brisbane

Service #1

Service number 3851
Enlisted 22.12.1915
Place of enlistment Rockhampton, Qld
Unit 31st Battalion
Rank Private
Place Western Front, 1917
Final fate RTA 21.12.1917
Discharged 26.03.1918 MU


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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.'