John Serow, born in St Petersburg, since 1891 was working as a fireman on British ships, living in London. In 1904 he naturalised in Britain. In 1904 he came to Australia and settled in Brisbane working as an engineer. In 1908 he married Johannah Kahler, an Australian girl of German background, and by the time of his enlistment in the AIF had three children.
He enlisted in the AIF in February 1917 posing as a native of Britain. He went to England with reinforcements to the Australian Flying Corps. In April 1918 he was transferred to the Western Front serving as 2nd air mechanic.
He returned to his family in 1919 and had one more child. He continued working as an engineer for the Metropolitan Milk Supply. He died in 1928 leaving his widow with four young children.
Alexis Bridihin, a Russian blacksmith from Orel, came to Brisbane via the Russian Far East in 1911. He found employment at the Ipswich railway workshops. His wife Tatiana and their children joined him four months later.
Enlisting in the AIF in Ipswich, he was allocated to the Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company, where Alexis Kouvaldin was also serving. He served on the Western Front to the end of the war.
After the war the Bridihin family with three young children moved to Wamuran, where they were engaged in growing fruit. Being among the first settlers, they had a local road named after them as Bridihin’s Road. Their youngest son Alexis was killed in a tragic accident when he was sixteen, while the elder son Boris served in the AIF during WWII in New Guinea.