Kostin, Jonhson, Leffow, Olsen, Zmood

December 25, 2015

John Kostin

  • John Kostin, according to his naturalization, was born in Kyshtym in Perm Province. His descendants believe that he was from Irkutsk and participated in the Russo-Japanese war. He was a fitter and engineer by trade. He arrived in Australia in 1910 and lived in New South Wales and Queensland.
  • Enlisting in the AIF he served in the 12th and 5th Field Company Engineers on the Western Front. In May 1917 he was wounded in the face at Bullecourt and gassed in June 1918.
  • In 1916, arriving with the troops to England, he met and married an English girl, Doris Louisa Trim. After the war they came to Australia where John took land in the soldier settlement of Stanthorpe. Later they moved to Deagon, north of Brisbane. In 1937 John died of complications from his mustard gas poisoning, leaving behind four young children. His two sons served in the AIF during WWII.

Paul Johnson

  • Paul Johnson from Kotka in Finland came to Sydney in 1887. He worked on Clarence River, Lane Cove River and in Fiji. In 1903 he married Australian woman Ruth Goff in Sydney.
  • When he enlisted in the AIF he was fifty five and he served only in the depot.
  • After the war he lived in Sydney working as a caretaker.

Jacob Leffow

  • Jacob Leffow was, most likely, from Chernigov in Ukraine. He came to Australia as a ship’s fireman and enlisted in the AIF soon afterwards.
  • He served with the 36th and 34th Battalions on the Western Front. His service was dotted with AWLs. In August 1918 he was killed at Peronne.
  • He made his will to the ‘Deaf, dumb and blind Institution’ in Sydney.

John Olsen

  • John Olsen, a labourer from Riga, lived in The Caves near Rockhampton by the time of his enlistment in the AIF.
  • He deserted two months after enlistment and disappears from the records.

Woolf Zmood

  • Woolf Zmood, a Jewish man from agricultural settlement Andreevka in Tavrida Province (now Ukraine), came to Australia in 1910, where he joined his relatives in Melbourne, working as a commercial traveller.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Cootamundra, he served with the 2nd Battalion on the Western front. In January 1917 he was wounded in the thigh, and in April 1918, at Hazebrouck, he was wounded once again in the left side.
  • After the war he lived in Melbourne, working as a commercial traveller and manufacturer in drapery business.