Franc Matzonas

Alias Maciunas
Born 1891
Place Riga, Latvia
Ethnic origin Latvian / Lithianian?
Religion Roman Catholic
Mother Katren Matzonas (Kazimira Maciuniene), Lithuania
Arrived at Australia from San Francisco, USA
on 29.09.1915
per Alta
disembarked at Sydney
Residence before enlistment Sydney
Occupation Sailor
Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Service #1

Service number 1917
Enlisted 16.10.1915
Place of enlistment Holsworthy, NSW
Unit 6th Light Horse Regiment, Camel Corps
Rank Trooper
Place Egypt, Palestine, 1916-1917
Final fate KIA 6.11.1917
Cemetery 1 Beersheba War Cemetery, Palestine


Blog articles

Russian Anzacs blog (Russian)

Russian Anzacs blog (English)

Early Lithuanians in Australia


Steve Murphy, 'Lithuanian ANZACs: Research Continues', Lithuanian Papers, vol. 27, 2013, pp. 10-13.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Over 20 Russians took part in the famous raid on Beersheba on 31 October 1917. Among the casualties in the raid was John Reineke from Libava. [...] A few days after that another man from the Baltic Provinces, Franc Matzonas, probably a Lithuanian, was killed in the raid at Tel el Khuweilfe. Reineke and Matzonas are both buried at the Beersheba War Cemetery.