John Woronsoff

AWM memorial panel 95

John Woronsoff's In Memoriam

Alias naturalised as John Brown

Russian spelling

Иван Воронцов

Born 24.06.1889

Place Nizhny Tagil, Perm, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Mother Fdrke (?) Woronsoff

Arrived at Australia
from Marseilles
on 22.06.1907
per Balmoral
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Waurn Ponds, Geelong, Vic

Occupation Formerly a sailor, 1911 teamster, 1916 farmer

service number 7344
enlisted 24.10.1916
POE Geelong, Vic
unit 6th Battalion, 21st Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917
final fate KIA 23.09.1917
memorial 29 The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium

Naturalisation 1911


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Application to enlist in the AIF (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Roll of Honour (AWM)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Some of the Russians who had been in Australia for a while had become known by English names and used those when enlisting -- like Alfroniza Morozoff (who had deserted the Russian cruiser Gromoboi in 1901), known as Jack Morris. But there were others such as John Woronsoff from Siberia who, even though already naturalised as John Brown, decided to enlist under his real name -- just like Haim Platkin did. Woronsoff's name is now one of those engraved on the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium.