Janson, Deramer, Baranoff, Barr

January 11, 2015

Edward Janson

  • Edward Janson, a Latvian seaman from Libava (Liepaja), enlisted in the AIF in Melbourne, but was discharged two months later.
  • His trail is lost after that.

Francis Deramer

  • Francis Deramer came from a cultured noble family in Poland; he served in the Russian Army as an officer and received education as a construction engineer in St Petersburg. In 1913 he came to Brisbane from the Russian Far East.
  • He served with the 9th Queensland Battalion at Gallipoli as a Corporal. Getting sick there, he was taken to hospital in England and discharged in 1916, taking up an employment at the Russian Government Committee in London. After the Russian revolution of 1917, he joined the British Army Royal Engineers and served in Siberia, being awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his service.
  • In 1923, marrying an English girl, he came to Queensland with his young family, but a few years later returned to England.
  • During WWII he served in the British RAF as Flight Lieutenant.

Michael Baranoff

  • Michael Baranoff was born in Morshansk in Central Russia, and acquired the trade of engine fitter and driver in the Government Locomotive Works there. He came to Queensland from the Russian Far East in 1911.
  • He enlisted in the AIF twice, in Brisbane in 1915 and in Cloncurry in 1916, but was discharged both times as medically unfit.
  • In 1917 he left for Harbin.

James William Barr

  • James William Barr, a British man, was born in Riga, Latvia. Coming to Sydney, he worked as a clerk and accountant. He enlisted in the AIF on 8 January 1915 and three weeks later married an Australian girl, Elsie Ward. Their first daughter was born while he was serving overseas.
  • Barr served in Gallipoli and then, as a corporal and sergeant, on the Western Front. He was gassed at Hill 60 Hollebeke in Belgium in February 1918 and repatriated to Australia.
  • He died in 1923 in the Military Hospital in Sydney, leaving his wife and young child.