Jacob Leffow

AWM memorial panel 124

Alias Lefow

Russian spelling

Яков Иванович Лефов (?)

Born 1893

Place [Chernigov?], Ukraine

Ethnic origin German? Ukrainian?

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father John Leffow

Arrived at Australia

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation Ship's fireman

service number 5013A
enlisted 13.12.1915
POE Casula, NSW
unit 19th Battalion, 36th Battalion, 34th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1918
final fate KIA 31.08.1918
cemetery 511 Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France

Naturalisation Enlisted as naturalised British subject


Digitised service records (NAA) (Leffow)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Records of the Assistant Provost Marshal (AWM) (Lefow)

Roll of Honour (AWM) (Leffow)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The sudden charge on Mont St Quentin on 31 August [1918] by several battalions of the 2nd Division (by now some battalions had only 300 men fit to fight) took the Germans by surprise, and many fled or were surrounded. But the Australians had many casualties, too. Among the fallen were three former seaman: Jack Aloe, who had failed in his bid to be granted naturalisation on the eve of his enlistment, William Brining, and Jacob Leffow. The last to arrive in Australia, the last to enlist -- there is probably some reasonable explanation that accounts for the high rate of casualties among seamen in these last weeks of the war. And yet the fate of these vagabonds dying on the crippled earth seems especially tragic.