Franc Matzonas

AWM memorial panel 10

Alias Maciunas

Born 1891

Place Riga, Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian / Lithianian?

Religion Roman Catholic

Mother Katren Matzonas (Kazimira Maciuniene), Lithuania

Arrived at Australia
from San Francisco, USA
on 29.09.1915
per Alta
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation Sailor

service number 1917
enlisted 16.10.1915
POE Holsworthy, NSW
unit 6th Light Horse Regiment, Camel Corps
rank Trooper
place Egypt, Palestine, 1916-1917
final fate KIA 6.11.1917
cemetery 1 Beersheba War Cemetery, Palestine

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Roll of Honour (AWM)

Blog articles

Russian Anzacs blog (Russian)

Russian Anzacs blog (English)

Early Lithuanians in Australia


Steve Murphy, 'Lithuanian ANZACs: Research Continues', Lithuanian Papers, vol. 27, 2013, pp. 10-13.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Over 20 Russians took part in the famous raid on Beersheba on 31 October 1917. Among the casualties in the raid was John Reineke from Libava. [...] A few days after that another man from the Baltic Provinces, Franc Matzonas, probably a Lithuanian, was killed in the raid at Tel el Khuweilfe. Reineke and Matzonas are both buried at the Beersheba War Cemetery.