Alexei Tolparoff

Alexei Tolparoff
Courtesy of Roger Freeman, Hurcombe's Hungry Half Hundred: a memorial history of the 50th Battalion A.I.F. 1916-1919, Norwood, 1991

Russian spelling

Алексей Толпаров

Born 15.05.1884

Place Salugardan, Ossetia, the Caucasus

Ethnic origin Ossetian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Arrived at Australia
on 14.05.1912

Residence before enlistment Port Pirie, SA

Occupation Farmer & barman, worked at Broken Hill Associated Smelters

service number 4891
enlisted 7.10.1915
POE Adelaide
unit 10th Battalion, 50th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1917
casualties WIA 1917, POW 1918
final fate RTA 5.03.1919
discharged 10.06.1919

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war Adelaide, Victoria (?)


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised Red Cross wounded and missing file (AWM)

Red Cross POW file (AWM)

South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau file

Army pay file (NAA)

Alien registration (NAA)


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

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Returning soldiers. - Recorder, Port Pirie, 5 May 1919, p. 3

Rental of fishing boat. - Recorder, Port Pirie, 20 November 1920, p. 2

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.

[...] Three of the remaining Ossetians from Port Pirie who enlisted together were among the casualties [at Villers-Bretonneux]: Moss Malsag Mamsuroff was killed, Alexei Tolparoff was taken prisoner, and Bekza Boris Dezantoff was wounded.

From Roger Freeman, Hurcombe's Hungry Half Hundred:

Private Gilbert Jacob's letter: 'It is fine to get back and see some of the old boys again. There was ce bon Tolparoff and Steve A and Scotty Gordon, my oldest pal...' (p.124)