Moisey Kotton

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Alias Koton; Max Kotton

Russian spelling

Моисей Котон

Born 8.06.1892

Place Kremenchug, Poltava, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Church of England & Hebrew

Father Solomon Kotton

Mother Ester Kotton

Arrived at Australia
from Dairen, Korea
on 4.02.1912
per Kumano Maru
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Toowoomba, Drake NSW, Sydney, Naughtons Gap, Millthorpe, NSW

Occupation 1914 labourer, 1916 carter

service number 1235
enlisted 26.04.1916
POE Bathurst, NSW
unit LTM Battery, 4th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917-1918
final fate KIA 19.09.1918
cemetery 1495 Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery, France

Naturalisation 1914


Digitised naturalisation (NAA) (Koton)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Kotton)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Roll of Honour (AWM) (Kotton)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Military camp. - The Bathurst Times, 7 April 1916, p. 4.

Personal. - Leader, Orange, NSW, 1 February 1918, p. 3.

Killed in action. - Leader, Orange, NSW, 2 December 1918, p. 2.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Fear resonates, too, in the words of Moisey Kotton, a Ukrainian Jewish Anzac who arrived in Australia with other Russian emigrants travelling via the Far East. When applying for naturalisation, he wrote: 'Since I arrived in Australia I lived under the name of Max Kotton. The reason I done so was the fear being send back to Russia: I have not done any crime except leaving the country, which is a crime itself according to the Russian law.' In the end, though, he didn't have to worry about returning: a few months before the armistice he made the supreme sacrifice -- as an Australian, which he had wished to be.