Mesart Soltanoff

Alias Saltonoff, Soltonoff
Russian spelling Мамсыр (Мисирби?) Сoлтанов
Born 1890
Place Gizel, Vladikavkaz, Ossetia, the Caucasus
Ethnic origin Ossetian
Religion Russian Orthodox

Wife Lizzie Soltanoff, in Russia

Residence before enlistment Port Pirie, SA
Occupation 1915 farmer, 1917 smelter
Naturalisation Served as Russian subject
Residence after the war Port Pirie, SA

Service #1

Service number 4875
Enlisted 7.10.1915
Place of enlistment Adelaide
Unit 10th Battalion, 50th Battalion
Rank Private
Place Western Front, 1916
Casualties WIA 1916
Final fate RTA 22.02.1917
Discharged 1.06.1917 MU



Елена Говор, Осетинские анзаки. - Северная Осетия, 14 сентября 2007.

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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[...] in April [1916] the Mongolia brought ten Russians from South Australia, among them five Ossetians from the Port Pirie smelters who had joined up together in October 1915 -- Soltanoff, Gasieff, Mamsuroff, Dezantoff, and Tolparoff.

[...] Mesart Soltanoff, one of the Ossetian smelter-men from Port Pirie, was buried up to his neck by a shell-blast [Mouquet Farm, August 1916]. He was rescued, but his spine was damaged and for several months he was unable to move his legs. Back in Australia he was discharged from the AIF in June 1917; after that Soltanoff disappears altogether from the records and I wonder what became of him -- did he completely recover from his injuries and end up reuniting with his wife and two children back in Ossetia?