Alexei Tolparoff

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
Naturalisation Served as Russian subject
Residence after the war Adelaide, Victoria (?)

Service #1

Service number 4891
Enlisted 7.10.1915
Place of enlistment 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



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

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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)