Nicholas Fedorovich from Odessa, a journalist working for newspapers in the Russian Far East, came to Queensland from the Russian Far East in 1911, becoming a cane cutter.
He sailed to Gallipoli with a group of Russians in the 9th Battalion. Contracting enteric fever there, he received leave and went to Russia to visit his mother, but was held up by the Russian authorities. Only several months later he managed to return to London and rejoin the AIF, serving in the HQ in London as an interpreter. He published a short story, ‘Kismet’, about a wartime romance.
Returning to Australia, he took up a soldier selection at Stanthorpe and later married a Russian woman.