John Elfimoff, a Russian from Samara, came to Australia from the Russian Far East in 1913. He was accompanied by his wife Domna and a son. By the time of his enlistment in the AIF he was working as a miner in Mount Morgan and had three children.
When his wife eloped with another Russian, John enlisted in the AIF, but was discharged a few days later as medically unfit.
After the war he lived in North Queensland working as a labourer and miner. In 1921 he had plans to return to Russia, but his destiny is unknown.
Stephen Provaka, from Surazh in Chernigov Province, came to Australia in 1914 from the Russian Far East and worked as a miner in Mount Morgan. His original name was Stepan Proiavka and he served in the AIF under this name.
He was the only one in the group of Russians who enlisted in the AIF in Rockhampton who saw active service on the Western Front, where he served with the 25th Battalion.
After the war he wanted to return to Russia, but later married an Australian girl, Bertha Finnimore, and their family lived in Brisbane.