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

Service 1
service number 4754
enlisted 15.11.1915
POE 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
POE Gaythorne, Qld
unit 1GB, 15 GB
rank L/C
discharged 16.05.1943

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


Naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

WWII service records (NAA)

Blog article



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.