John Serow

John Serow with his family
(Source: family tree at

Russian spelling

Иван Михайлович Серов

Born 11.09.1873

Place St Petersburg, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Church of England

Father Michael Serow

Mother Barbara Ellison


wife Johannah Friederika Serow (nee Kahler), married 1908, Brisbane. Children Dorothea Barbara (1910-1988); Charles Henry John (1911-1967); Ruby (1917-1990); Gordon Randall Kahler (1921-2005)./*

Residence before arrival at Australia London, seafaring

Arrived at Australia
from London
on 31.10.1904
per Hawkes Bay
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Brisbane

Occupation 1891 fireman, 1917 engineer

service number 2192
enlisted 8.02.1917
POE Brisbane
unit 3rd Squadron AFC
rank 2 A/M
place Western Front 1918
final fate RTA 6.05.1919
discharged 13.07.1919

Naturalisation 1904 UK

Residence after the war Brisbane

Died 13.12.1928 Brisbane


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Repatriation Medical case file (NAA)

/* Family tree at

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Claim for compensation. - Telegraph, Brisbane, 7 September 1929, p. 4.