George Peter Sekachoff

Russian spelling Георгий Петрович Секачев (Секачов)
Born 13.12.1884
Place Saransk, Penza, Mordovia, Russia
Ethnic origin Russian
Religion Russian Orthodox
Father Peter Sekachoff
Mother Eudocia Falcleeff

Wife Lucy Sekachoff (née Uscinski), married 1920 (sister of Vincent Uscinski); children: Anna, (1921-1943); Lucy, b. 1923, served in the 2nd AIF; Alexander b. 1925; John b. 1927

Arrived at Australia from Russia
on 28.12.1913
per Empire
disembarked at Cairns, Qld
Residence before enlistment Cairns, Townsville, Qld
Occupation 1915 labourer, 1922 cabinetmaker
Naturalisation 1922
Residence after the war Brisbane, Gunnewin Qld
Died 28.12.1945, Roma, Qld

Service #1

Service number 2208
Enlisted 8.03.1915
Place of enlistment Townsville, Qld
Unit 9th Battalion, 49th Battalion, 11th FAB
Rank Private, a/Corporal, saddler, Gunner
Place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916-1918
Final fate RTA 19.10.1918
Discharged 23.02.1919 (on account of Russian nationality)


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Newspaper articles

Bungil shire council. - Western Star and Roma Advertiser, Toowoomba, 13 September 1930, p. 7

Roma magistrate's court. - Western Star and Roma Advertiser, Toowoomba, 25 March 1939, p. 3

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Russians who joined the army together, or who met up at training camp, would often embark together. [...] The Karoola, which left Brisbane on 12 June 1915, carried eight Russians mostly from northern Queensland: Glowacki, Roomianzoff, Sekachoff, Karelin (6/9th Battalion), and Lopaten, Grehoff, Smagin and Volkoff (6/15th Battalion). In Sydney they were joined by three of their countrymen --Kozakoff, Harbert and Kozakovshonok.

[...] Among those who were returned 'on account of Russian nationality' there were several men who had made no application to be discharged, and were not in any case noted for radical inclinations: John Siwezynski, who was decorated with a Belgian Croix de Guerre, Nicholas Korotcoff, Justin Gooliaeff, George Sekachoff (all from artillery units), and Richard Gregorenko from the 14th Field Ambulance. This selection of men, fuelled by the Russian scare, seems rather arbitrary. Nearly all of them were from the 4th Division (its 11th Field Artillery Brigade, where Smagin had earlier served, was completely purged of Russians); other divisional commanders did not bother to purge their ranks of Russians.