George Peter Sekachoff

George Peter Sekachoff
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 22 May 1915, p. 23

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

service number 2208
enlisted 8.03.1915
POE 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)

Naturalisation 1922

Residence after the war Brisbane, Gunnewin Qld

Died 28.12.1945, Roma, Qld


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Alien registration (NAA)

Lucy's alien registration (NAA)

Naturalisation certificate (NAA)

Sequestration Order ... George Piter SEKACHOFF (NAA)

Group portrait of the 11th Howitzer Battery of the Australian Field Artillery. E02506, E02506KLEFT, E02506KRIGHT (AWM)

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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.