John Mineeff

John Mineeff
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 15 April 1916, p. 27

John Mineeff
Sydney, 1916 (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences)

Alias Jack Mineef

Russian spelling

Иван Семенович Минеев

Born 21.09.1887

Place Perm, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Church of England

Father Semen Mineeff

Mother Pelagia Mineeff


Wife Annie Emily Mineeff (née Rowbotham), married 1919, children Mary (Marusa) (1919-); Alexis Charles (1921-1944, WWII); Nicholas (1923-2002), Eugene Cathleen (1924-2016). Son Jack Mineeff, born 1918, his mother is Violet Mary Maud Lewis

Arrived at Australia
from Russia
on 24.07.1910
per Yawata Maru
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Esk to Blackbutt Railway, Brisbane, Ipswich Railway works

Occupation Iron moulder

service number 15736
enlisted 16.08.1915
POE Brisbane
unit 3rd FAB, 1st DAC
rank Gunner, Driver
place Western Front, 1916-1918
final fate RTA 12.05.1918
discharged 7.01.1919

Naturalisation 1913

Residence after the war Sydney

Died 11.11.1931, Randwick, NSW


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Personal case file 1 2 (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Lost Home. - The Sydney Morning Heralds, 7 November 1936, p. 17.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

John Mineeff, born in the Urals, an iron-moulder at enlistment, served as a gunner and driver in artillery with the 1st AIF and was invalided back to Australia suffering from shell-shock. He later married but did not live long. When the new war broke out, his two sons and daughter all joined up. His second son, Lex (Alexis Charles), served in the RAAF in England as a wireless operator on Lancasters; in June 1944 his plane failed to return from a bombing mission over northern France. His plane was subsequently found just north of Amiens, not many miles from where, on the other side of Amiens, his father had endured the horror of the Somme in the autumn of 1916.