William Kolesnikov

Alias Koles

Russian spelling

Владимир Колесников

Born 7.03.1880

Place Surazh, Chernigov, Russia

Ethnic origin Ukrainian/Russian

Religion Church of England

Mother Justinia Kolesnikov

Arrived at Australia
from Russia
on 12.04.1907
per Neva
disembarked at Fremantle, WA

Residence before enlistment Narrogin, Kalgoorlie, Perth, Fremantle, Sydney

Occupation 1911 labourer, 1916 hotel useful

service number 2681
enlisted 24.05.1916
POE Sydney
unit 55th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1917
casualties WIA 1917
final fate RTA 8.08.1918
discharged 27.02.1919 MU

Naturalisation 1911

Residence after the war Sydney

Died 1923, Sydney (missing)


Digitised naturalisation file (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Koles aka Kolesnickov)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Returned soldier missing. - The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 January 1923, p. 9

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

William Kolesnikov, from Peretin in the Ukraine, had [...] horrific wounds [at Polygon Wood, 1917] -- as well as wounds to his left arm, his jaw and mandible were fractured and his tongue was shot away. Yan Soolcovsky, a Gallipoli veteran who had been wounded previously at Mouquet Farm, now lost an arm at Polygon Wood. In 1920 he died in Brisbane with his fiancée at his side. Was there anybody to look after Kolesnikov? I could find no one.