John Kostin

Russian spelling Иван Георгиевич Костин
Born 20.02.1884
Place Kyshtym, Cheliabinsk, Russia
Ethnic origin Russian
Religion Russian Orthodox
Father George Kostin
Mother Evdokia Kostin

Wife Dora (Doris) Louisa Kostin (née Trim), married 1916 in England; children: Nina b. 1919; Victor, b. 1921, served in WWII; Eugene John, b. 1925; Alexander b. 1927, changed name to Mervyn Bowman, served in WWII

Residence before arrival at Australia Took part in Russo-Japanese war
Arrived at Australia from Russia
on 16.11.1910
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Sydney
Residence before enlistment Sydney, Mossman, Qld
Occupation 1915 fitter, 1919 engineer, 1921 soldier settler, 1925 orchardist, 1928 engineer
Naturalisation 1928
Residence after the war 1928 Stanthorpe, 1934 Deagon, Qld
Died 2.08.1937, Brisbane

Service #1

Service number 13983
Enlisted 11.12.1915
Place of enlistment Townsville, Qld
Unit 12th Field Company Engineers, 5th Field Company Engineers
Rank Sapper
Place Western Front, 1917-1918
Casualties WIA 1917, 1918
Final fate RTA 23.07.1919
Discharged 13.11.1919


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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

John Kostin, an engineer, wounded and gassed at the Western Front, brought his wife out from England. They [...] settled near Stanthorpe, raising their four children on the farm, where his children remember their dad 'working all the time and then he got sick'. Kostin died (in 1937) 'of mustard gas', his granddaughter says, 'dad said it was very sad to see his father go through the pain ...'.