Jacob Leffow

Alias Lefow
Russian spelling Яков Иванович Лефов (?)
Born 1893
Place [Chernigov?], Ukraine
Ethnic origin German? Ukrainian?
Religion Russian Orthodox
Father John Leffow
Residence before enlistment Sydney
Occupation Ship's fireman
Naturalisation Enlisted as naturalised British subject

Service #1

Service number 5013A
Enlisted 13.12.1915
Place of enlistment 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


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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.