George Platonoff

Russian spelling Георгий Степанович Платонов
Born 3.05.1897
Place Novoukrainka, Kherson, Ukraine
Ethnic origin Ukrainian/Russian
Religion Russian Orthodox
Father Stephan Platonoff
Mother Tatiana Odarchinko

Brother Thomas Stephen Platonoff

Arrived at Australia from Russia
on 12.11.1911
per Kumano Maru
disembarked at Brisbane
Residence before enlistment Settled with parents and brother Thomas Stephen Platonoff at Booyal, Cordalba, worked on Cordalba-Dallarnil railway construction
Occupation Labourer
Naturalisation Served as naturalised British subject
Residence after the war 1919 Booyal, 1928 Apple Tree Creek, 1930 El Arish, 1940 Childers, 1943 Brisbane, 1949 Innisfail, Qld
Died 23.08.1958 Brisbane

Service #1

Service number 4754
Enlisted 15.11.1915
Place of enlistment Brisbane
Unit 25th Battalion, 9th Battalion
Rank Private
Place Western Front, 1916-1919
Casualties WIA 1917
Final fate RTA 20.05.1919
Discharged 20.08.1919

Service #2 – WWII

Service number Q303726
Enlisted 22.07.1940
Place of enlistment Gaythorne, Qld
Unit 1GB, 15 GB
Rank L/C
Discharged 16.05.1943


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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

About 1912 some ethnic Russian families took up farming land in the sugar-cane area around Cordalba, Queensland. The heads of three of these families were friends and had previously served in the Russian army. Two of them subsequently enlisted in the AIF: 36-year-old Matfeus Oleinikoff (who had eight children), and 33-year-old Feodot Peachenoff (who had one daughter). The third one, Stephen Platonoff, was too old to fight but his two sons Thomas and George enlisted instead.