Thomas Tarasowf

Russian spelling Фома Иванович Тарасов
Born 31.07.1893
Place Minsk, Belarus
Ethnic origin Belarusian / Russian
Religion served as Roman Catholic (?), was in fact Russian Orthodox*
Father John Tarasowf
Arrived at Australia from Moji, Japan
on 13.02.1912 or 05.1913
per Yawata Maru
disembarked at Brisbane
Residence before enlistment Townsville, Qld
Occupation 1915 fitter, 1931 miner
Naturalisation 1936
Residence after the war Brisbane, Mackay, Rockhampton, Mount Morgan, Mount Isa, Brisbane
Died 14.08.1940, Brisbane

Service #1

Service number 2175
Enlisted 22.06.1915
Place of enlistment Brisbane
Unit 26th Battalion, 2nd Pioneer Battalion
Rank Private
Place Western Front, 1916-1918
Final fate RTA 7.04.1919
Discharged 11.07.1919


Digitised naturalisation (NAA) (Tarasouf)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Tarasowf)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Repatriation Medical case file (NAA) (Tarasowf)

* Information from Toowong Burial registry

Blog article




Елена Говор, Белорусские Анзаки, Białoruskie Zeszyty Historyczne, 2013, no. 40, c. 53-108.

Newspaper articles

Mill worker's death. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 6 December 1924, p. 14.

Oscar and Michael. - Evening News, Rockhampton, 18 March 1925, p. 5.

Celebrating the Day. - Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, 19 March 1925, p. 8.

Police court. - Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, 14 October 1925, p. 8

Police court. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 3 March 1927, p. 5.

Two casualties. - The Central Queensland Herald, Rockhampton, 29 April 1937, p. 59.

Police court. - Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, 9 August 1938, p. 8.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

In Thomas Tarasowf's case refusal [of naturalisation] was because of several convictions for stealing while drunk. Yet his police report stated that he was 'undoubtedly a Russian' who did 'not mix with the Russian community here'; even his referees were all returned soldiers. When he applied, he was already terminally ill with tuberculosis but, not being a citizen, was ineligible for the invalid pension. The RSL came to his support several times, writing once: 'there is a principle behind it, and it seems remarkable that a man who fought for his country, cannot subsequently be naturalised'. Officialdom remained adamant. The policeman interviewing him for the last time, when he was not expected to live much longer as he was 'daily growing weaker from TB', recorded that Tarasowf 'Desires to state that he wishes to die a British Subject'. That finally moved the authorities and Tarasowf, after battling for five years, was naturalised in 1936; soon afterwards he died, but at least it was as a British subject