Stanley John Siwczynski

Alias Served as John Stanislaw Siwezynski
Born 8.05.1884
Place Tomaszów, Warsaw, Poland
Ethnic origin Polish (knew Russian and Polish languages)
Religion Roman Catholic
Father Antonis Siwczynski
Mother Michalina

Wife Marion (Mary Ann) Siwczynski née Grinewald (later changed to Germon), married in the USA, separated in 1928 at Sydney, daughter Kateryn Lorrain Siwczynski b.1924 Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, lived with father in Australia

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived in Germany for 1 year
Arrived at Australia from Germany
on 23.11.1912
per Aneberg
disembarked at Brisbane
Residence before enlistment Brisbane
Occupation 1915 labourer, 1919 general saddler, 1930 and later motor mechanic
Naturalisation 1940
Residence after the war Brisbane, 1921-1924 Michigan, USA, 1924 returned to Australia, Northern Territory, Sydney, Innisfail, Ayr, Home Hill, Brisbane
Died 1965, Qld

Service #1

Service number 3493
Enlisted 2.07.1915
Place of enlistment Brisbane
Unit 9th Battalion, 49th Battalion, 11th FAB
Rank Private, Gunner, Saddler, Corporal
Place Western Front, 1916-1918
Awards 9.01.1918 Croix de Guerre, Belgian decoration, France (LG 12/07/1918)
Final fate RTA 19.10.1918 (on account of Russian nationality)
Discharged 15.02.1919


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Newspaper articles

Fighting Russians. Innisfail interlude. New trial application. - Cairns Post, 4 June 1929, p. 9

Failed to renew. Motor car registration. - Cairns Post, 7 May 1931, p. 2

Writ of habeas corpus. - Northern Standard, Darwin, 28 October 1932, p. 9

Innisfail uproar. Russians disagree. - Cairns Post, 7 December 1932, p. 5

"Smashed to smithereens. - Cairns Post, 3 May 1933, p. 6, 4

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

John Stanislaw Siwezynski (Siwczynski), who was awarded a Belgian Croix de Guerre, carried supplies through heavy artillery bombardment to his howitzer battery [Menin Road, 1917].

[...] 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.