Evan Kozakoff

Alias Evin (files and discharge), Eban (embarkation roll)

Russian spelling

Иван Козаков

Born 1884

Place Moscow, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Mother Mrs U. Kozakoff

Residence before arrival at Australia Served 4 years in the Russian Army

Arrived at Australia

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation Engine driver

service number 5035
enlisted 26.04.1915
POE Liverpool, NSW
unit 1st Australian Hospital Ship 'Karoola', 1st ACC Station, 4th Field Ambulance
rank nurse
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916
discharged 31.08.1916 in London, services no longer required owing to an insufficient knowledge of the English language preventing him from carrying out orders

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry 1 2 (AWM)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Russians who joined the army together, or who met up at training camp, would often embark together. [...] The Karoola, which left Brisbane on 12 June 1915, carried eight Russians mostly from northern Queensland: Glowacki, Roomianzoff, Sekachoff, Karelin (6/9th Battalion), and Lopaten, Grehoff, Smagin and Volkoff (6/15th Battalion). In Sydney they were joined by three of their countrymen -- Kozakoff, Harbert and Kozakovshonok.

[...] There were even a few cases of Russians being discharged because of insufficient English: as with Jack Kanaef and Evan Kozakoff, who had both been in the field ambulance. Acting with the characteristic presumptuousness of the time towards someone different, Kozakoff's commander anglicised his name into Koseycroft!