Leo Anatholy BORISOFF / STERLING [1916-1985]

Submitted by David on Mon, 06/12/2017 - 17:14
Leo Anatholy
Borisoff / Sterling
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Michael Martin writes:

Leo Borisoff was a White Russian Policeman in HK and in Stanley Camp and he was friends with my grandfather and his cousin Vitaly 'Vic' Veriga.

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Ronald Clements has been in touch by email. In his research he's found that Leo Borisoff later changed his surname to Sterling, and married fellow Stanley internee Nadia Seraphina in Australia in 1953.

Electoral Records  1958 - 1963 Glossop Street Macarthur NSW Australia

Leo  Anatholey Borisoff occupation foreman  living at Glossp Street  Macarthur NSW Australia

Nadia Sterling (sic)Glossop Street Macarthur NSW Australia

Electoral Records  1968 - 1980  404 Wells Street Gosford NSW Australia

Leo Anthony Sterling occupation salesman

Nadia Sterling  home duties

Find a Grave Australia and New Zealand

Leo A Sterling born 1916 cremation Palmdale Lawn Cemetery NSW Australia April 1985

A copy is held in the UK National Archive, their ref: HO 334/254/2932

Naturalisation Certificate: Leo Anatholy Borisoff. Of no nationality. Resident in Hong Kong. Certificate O2932 issued 25 September 1940.

  • Full name: Leo Anatholy Borisoff
  • Address: Police Guards Quarters, Hong Kong
  • Trade or occupation: Police Sergeant of Hong Kong Police Force
  • Place and date of birth: Nikolskii, Russia; 26th February, 1916
  • Nationality: No nationality
  • Single, married, etc.: Single
  • Father: Anatholy Alecsandrovitch Borisoff; no nationality
  • Mother: Eugenia Stepanova Borisoff; no nationality

Leo Borisoff/Sterling was the brother of Elizabeth Taylor (nee Borisoff), who was interned in Stanley Camp with her daughter, Deirdre. However, Leo claimed to have been adopted by Anatholy and Eugenia Borisoff, so was not necessarily a blood relative. Elizabeth's husband, Alfred Taylor, was a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps and interned at Shamshuipo, before being transferred to Osaka in April 1944.