Stephen Surovsov

Russian spelling Степан Суровцев
Born 2.08.1891 (WWI) or 2.08.1882 (WWII)
Place Klimov, Chernigov, Russia
Ethnic origin Russian
Religion Roman Catholic [?] (WWI enlistment); Russian Orthodox (WWII enlistment)
Father George Surovsov
Mother Daria Estahoff
Family Lily Kathleen Surovsov (née Harrison), married 1925, Wickham, NSW
Residence before arrival at Australia Served in the Russian Army for 3½ years (Corporal)
Arrived at Australia from Far East
on 23.05.1914
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Brisbane
Residence before enlistment Balgowan Colliery near Oakey, Qld
Occupation 1915 miner, 1920 labourer, 1941 gardener
Naturalisation 1921
Residence after the war Newcastle, Sydney, 1924 Dee Why, NSW, 1941 Willoughby, NSW
Died 17.01.1943, Qld, buried Lutwyche Cemetery, Brisbane

Service #1

Service number 292
Enlisted 9.10.1915
Place of enlistment Toowoomba, Qld
Unit 1st Tunnelling Company
Rank Sapper, Lance Corporal, Corporal
Place Western Front, 1916-1918
Awards 8.11.18 Mentioned in despatches (31/12/1918)
Final fate RTA 20.04.1919
Discharged 26.07.1919

Service #2 – WWII

Service number N387017
Enlisted 17.12.1941
Place of enlistment Willoughby, NSW
Unit 7 GB
Rank Private
Final fate Died 17.01.1943 while serving


Blog articles

Russian Anzacs blog (in Russian)

Russian Anzacs blog (in English)

Donna Baldey, 'Corporal Stephen Surovsov', 2012 on Tunnellers research website


Warwick Mayne-Wilson, 'The frustrations of researching old gardens', Phanfare, no 210, January - February 2005, pp. 8-11.

Newspaper articles

Soldiers' tribute. Labor government appreciated. Pre-election letter. - Daily Standard, Brisbane, 30 April 1918, p. 3.