Alexander Tarasenkoff

Alias Alexei (naturalisation)

Russian spelling

Александр (Алексей?) Тарасенков

Born 1.03.1886

Place Negino, Briansk, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Church of England

Mother Paraskovia Tarasenkoff


Enlisted together Malisheff, Akim Petroff, Sholmatoff, Tarasenkoff, Tuagarin, and Yannin

Residence before arrival at Australia Served in the Russian Army for 3 years and deserted

Arrived at Australia
from Dairen, Korea
on 26.06.1912
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Gympie, Broken Hill, NSW, Bundaberg, Mount Chalmers, Emerald, Ruby Vale, Mount Morgan, Qld

Occupation 1914 labourer, 1915 miner, 1919 grocer

service number 2879A
enlisted 14.08.1915
POE Rockhampton, Qld
unit 25th Battalion, 9th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1916, 1918
final fate RTA 12.04.1919
discharged 30.07.1919

Naturalisation 1914

Residence after the war Brisbane, Boolaroo, NSW

Died 1936 Boolaroo, Wallsend, NSW (Alexei)


Digitised naturalisation (NAA) (Alexei Tarasenkoff)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Alexander Tarasenkoff)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Tarasankoff)

Blogs and forums

Russian Anzacs blog (Russian)

Russian Anzacs blog (English)

Mike Lucas, Three Russians in the A.I.F., The Orders and Medals Research Society, Autumn 1993, pp. 224-227 Forum

Newspaper articles

Central District volunteers. - Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, 18 August 1915, p. 8

Body found in Cockle creek. - The Newcastle Sun, 5 June 1936, p. 7

Body with hands tied found in creek. - Barrier Miner, Broken Hill, 8 June 1936, p. 4.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[...] with the group of six Russians from the 9th Battalion who enlisted together at Rockhampton on 14 August 1915, all were listed as casualties by the end of 1916. Akim Petroff from Novozybkov and Nicholas Sholmatoff from Moscow were severely wounded at Armentières just a few days after their arrival at the front; they were invalided to Australia. George Malisheff from Podolia suffered shell-shock at Pozières; he recovered but was killed in 1918. At Mouquet Farm Tehon (Tikhon) Yannin from Samara was killed on the same day that Alexander Tarasenkoff from Orel was wounded; Tarasenkoff recovered eventually, rejoining his unit a year later. Finally, John Tuagarin, also from Orel, had to defend his Russian honour when he was court-martialled in October [...]; he was killed in action in December 1916.