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A request for Pals:

When you are doing your researches, if you encounter by chance any Russians (also known as Ukrainians, Ruthenians, Galicians, Bukovinians, Bessarabians, Moldavians, Poles, Austrians, Roumanians, etc) who enlisted into the CEF, please PM or email me, or leave a reply here with the man's name and/or number.

Kudos to Pal James Hill from Edmonton who provided me with a lengthy list of Russians from Alberta battalions.

These men may have anglicized their names but they were usually honest about their birthplace.

Thanks in advance,

Peter in Vancouver

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Hi Peter,

I just tried to link a series of searches from the Archives and failed miserably. Essentially I just searched SZ$, ZH$, ZI$ etc. which gives you a nice run of Eastern European-type names.

Just out of curiosity, have you ever encountered Ukrainian-Canadians returning to defend the Ukraine post-1918?

Take care,

Neil

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Peter

I read your other post on medals first and replyed to that also. I will go through my shipping list for the Nova Scotia men and make a list for you. It will take a while but you will have one I have most of the list published for the Province.

Best Regards

N.S.Regt.

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When you are doing your researches, if you encounter by chance any Russians (also known as Ukrainians, Ruthenians, Galicians, Bukovinians, Bessarabians, Moldavians, Poles, Austrians, Roumanians, etc) who enlisted into the CEF, please PM or email me, or leave a reply here with the man's name and/or number.

Thanks in advance,

Peter in Vancouver

Peter,

I am working on an outfit you may find interesting. It was known as the Ruthenian Forrestry Draft and recruited hereabouts from March, 1917. There are only a few score names, but it will take me a few days or a week to finish transcibing them.

By this this stage of the war, a more realistic attitude seems to have developed toward these "aliens". No longer are they "Russians" ( unless they really were born in Russia!). Their places of birth come right out and say "Galicia, Austria" in most cases. At least one so far proudly noted previous military service with the Austrian army! In addition the recruiting clerks had started to sort out the differences among the various religions involved.

Incidently, several of these men had previously joined the militia (101st Edmonton Fusiliers), possibly waiting for the military to decide they were acceptable to the C.E.F.

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Peter, these are all men from the 227th Battalion, "The Men from the North", Northern Ontario. There could be at least thirty more names but I can't be sure since their papers aren't on-line yet. When I have some time, I'll look through the 141st as they had a number of Russian men as well.

Austria

1004014 - STINSKI, JOSEPH

Finland

1003126 - NYBACK, HERMAN

1003432 - BLOOM, EMIL

1003524 - SNELL, AUGUST

1003707 - GRALLIO, FRANK

1003726 - SALAVA, JOHN OSKAR

1003835 - PETTA, MATTI

Poland

1004037 - GAVRON, JOSEPH

Russia

1003161 - NORWICK, JOHN

1003164 - DANAK, JOHN

1003186 - MICOLUK, LARRAEGORN

1003189 - CASBRUK, GEORGE

1003226 - RADKIEWICE , WASILI

1003229 - PETRUKOVICH, PARINON

1003236 - TWADUKLUM, PHILIP

1003247 - DOHANSICK, COSTANTO

1003268 - NEPPER, KARP

1003289 - SADOWSKI, JOHN

1003290 - KAPITURA, ALEX

1003304 - MORAR, IVAN

1003352 - GORSHKOLEP, IVAN

1003353 - USHTCHUKO, JOHN

1003408 - WOHEN, SAM

1003428 - KOVAL, SAMUEL

1003492 - MIELAR, MICHAEL

1003514 - STEPOVIK, BASIL JOSIPOWITCH

1003520 - ONUFRIEV, MICHAEL

1003523 - KASPAROVICH, JOHN

1003529 - MLLNIYK, OLLMNIY

1003536 - FILIPSCHEN, ALEXANDER

1003549 - ROMANOV, PETER

1003570 - DEREVIACZUK, WILLIAM

1003571 - FILIPACHEN, JOHN

1003606 - ZOCOSKIE, TONY

1003631 - MAHID, HAVERILL

1003646 - PETUCHK, YACO

1003654 - ONYSTCHUCK, ANDREY

1003661 - DUNDA, FEODOSIY

1003669 - BOUNYOUK, SAWA

1003688 - DANOVITCH, USOF

1003694 - STEFANUK, ANDREW

1003697 - OHLOBLIER, DIMITRY

1003702 - KLEMENT, ALEXANDER

1003709 - BAZZU, KAREL

1003789 - ZOGORY, JOHN

1003803 - OLENIX, NICHOLAS

1003857 - CHEEMAN, KOST

1003867 - HYDOOK, PHILLIP

1003869 - TORRAS, MICHAEL

1003884 - KOKORUZA, ADAM

1003886 - BOROWSKI, JOSEPH

1003887 - PANASUICK, VASSELY

1003895 - ZINICH, EUSTEN

1003909 - CICHOS, GEORGE

1003916 - HAETSKI, JOHN

1003926 - CALACHNIK, GERGEY

1003933 - SUPRUNOWICH, STEPHEN

1003954 - RINNK, JACOB

1004000 - BEBKO, SERGEY

1004038 - SAWCHUK, FREDERICK

1004046 - HALAND, FRED

1004048 - OSTO, JOSEPH

1004049 - HATMANSKY, JOSEPH

1004066 - FELONCHUK, FREDERICK

1004076 - BLUES, FRANK BLUEOWEN

1004077 - KAIDAN, PETER

1004089 - PETLIAK, KIRIL PITLIAK , K (AKA)

1004103 - NACHET, STEPHEN

1004109 - NOKOZINY, TROFIN

1004110 - POPRAWKA, PETER

1004203 - CHRALOVICK, LEONTI

1004210 - SAMUSEWIK, WALTER

1004214 - KUZNICK, LANKY

1004225 - BAZHENOW, FRED

1004226 - RAGCHEEW, MIKE

Serbia

1003743 - CALICH, RADE

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Here are some from Nova scotia from the shipping list that listed their country of birth as Russia unless noted. More Later

17th Battalion

46069 Pte. Mussar M.

46077 Pte. Scritch Alexander

46134 Pte. Covek Worsel

46183 Pte. Petcoff Angel (Bulgaria)

47050 Pte. Smith Mike (Real Name ???????)

25th Battalion

67945 Pte. Michaels Phillip

40th Battalion

415250 Pte. Essis Peter

414454 Pte. Gaurdman Joseph

415256 Pte. Hoboroy Nicholas

64th Battalion

471127 Pte. Bilek Kalinko

471026 Pte. Billimeck Nickolai

471093 Pte. Bishuk Mike

470397 Pte. Boymostick J.

471059 Pte. Davindenkov Techon

469825 Pte. Dookeeyanior Vacilie

469827 Pte. Drack Sam

471169 Pte. Dubchak Ivan

471108 Pte. Ewasuk Ewan

469772 Pte. Furlet Demetri

469779 Pte. Garboz Ekin

469778 Pte. Gavrilco Niceto

471035 Pte. Glushenko Ignati

469824 Pte. Ionchuk Aleksey

471135 Pte. Karluk Afancci

471029 Pte. Klus leonti

471032 Pte. Kolodey Takov

471027 Pte. Krivodulski Feodor

469769 Pte. Kruschlinski Bauer A.

471055 Pte. Kubarsep Edward (Lapland)

469771 Pte. Lapinski Takov

468775 Pte. Lipkovski Ivan

469777 Pte. Lierastrun John

469776 Pte. Martenuh Alexander

471062 Pte. Minchuk Panee

471066 Pte. Mititick Takim

469826 Pte. Mokarion Net

471178 Pte. Momotuk Efrem

471092 Pte. Mul Lohyn

471070 Pte. Novodorski Nickolia

471033 Pte. Okipniak Ivan

471067 Pte. Paskar Feodor

471134 Pte. Pavluk Andry

471129 Pte. Pitrushkevitz Anton

471028 Pte. Popil Nikolai

471034 Pte. Prokopinko Porferi

471030 Pte. Pushkar Jakim

469780 Pte. Romanski Ephin

471036 Pte. Sandulak Demitre

469770 Pte. Shestobooz Feodor

471126 Pte. Sivatuk Demian

469773 Pte. Skiboe Mike

471128 Pte. Siviatuk Emilian

471124 Pte. Siviatuk Fellmon Ivanov

471133 Pte. Siviatuk Safron

471065 Pte. Tabinski Stephan

469774 Pte. Vacarchuk Gregoria

471132 Pte. Vesna Mascar

471090 Pte. Vitzvikzi Adam

471031 Pte. Vivcharuk Ivan Shashkovsici

85th Battalion

223418 Pte. Edman Alfred (Finland)

112th Battalion

733856 Pte. Maklin Johannus George (Finland)

733371 Pte. Power John Alexander

Best regards

N.S.Regt.

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Neil, I am using the $ in my attestation searches. It does work wonders, although it is not 100% accurate. As to word of Ukes going back, no I haven't. There likely would have been a few, but I can't see numbers in the hundreds. Good research question.

James, I think these fellows went over with the 258th Battalion out of Montréal.

Chris, FANTASTIC, just what I want. Do you know Pal Bill Alexander is a North Bay expert?

N.S.Regt, ditto FANTASTIC. The east coast is an overlooked area; this just proves that some Russians stopped there when they immigrated.

With all these new names, I am approaching the 4,000 mark. The real challenge will be finding the "John Marshall" and "Fred Bostwick" types who were born in Russia.

Thanks so much, Pals. :D:D

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More for you. More later

106th Battalion

715993 Pte. Bezzowski Yurko

716133 Pte. Belowns Jekow

716014 Pte. Bernowskiy John

715992 Pte. Berwick Murdock

716127 Pte. Blisceph Andrew

716216 Pte. Bodnarck Alister

715367 Pte. Borisink Stephen Pawloff

715915 L-Cpl. Borodin Mino

716015 Pte. Bouliek Michael

716114 Pte. Burlocka Stepan

715990 Pte. Eurbanouvitze Peter

715574 Pte.Fatall Mendel (Roumania)

715991 Pte. Fedurzzuk Andrew

715954 Pte. Garnanscuk Mike

715842 Pte. Goldstein Jack (Roumania)

716130 Pte. Koutak Rizip

715742 Pte. Krowie Vincent

715653 Pte. Mourris Harry Amos

715943 Pte. Pantelimon Janoe

716219 Pte Pokrupa Joseph

716262 Pte. Rabsevick Aniton

716119 Pte. Stasuk Ywan

715953 Pte. Zochowsky John F.

Best regards

N.S.Regt.

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And still more, the Corps are next

185th battalion

878381 Pte. Akemchuk Marco

877474 Pte. Bardrevish Joseph

877658 Pte. Belewiski William

877780 Pte. Buzan Karlampy

878199 Pte. Dongela John

877808 Pte. Dutka Alexander

877661 Pte. Fulchuck Samuel

877215 Pte. Harkaway Petro

877620 Pte. Holdinick Samuel

878406 Pte. Holton John

878355 Pte. Honchard Tets

878324 Pte. Hrenchak Malatz

877315 Pte. Kalivanchas Joseph

878297 Pte. Kolomecha Nicholas

877747 Pte.Krawanky Paul

877243 Pte. Krow Mick

877588 Pte. Kukweieziak Kondraly

877828 Pte. Krunchy Victor (Poland)

877655 Pte. Lesnichy Herman

878246 Pte. Maraska Joseph

877804 Pte. Milnick Prock

877838 Pte. Milnilr Michael

877209 Pte. Moseychuk Mick

877591 Pte. Pachunty Sernuck

877611 Pte. Solkiewicz Frank (Russian Poland)

877809 Pte. Whitechoke Simon

193rd Battalion

901660 Pte. Beckier Frank

901654 Pte. Savage John (Russian Poland)

219th Battalion

282817 Pte. Novakowski Egnaty

282342 Pte. Tierniuk John

246th Battalion

282373 Pte. Darnevski Sergei ( I know he has a 219th number but he went overseas with the 246th trust me)

282815 Pte. Hordinski Joseph (same as above)

282146 Pte. Strininck Eustafey (same as above)

282540 Pte. Zuriliak Arseni (same as above)

Last of the numbered infantry battalions

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Only a few more to add seems the corps did not appeal to Russian men.

36th Battery C.F.A.

301124 Cpl. Lighter Hyman

Nova Scotia Forestry Corps.

2303359 Pte. Ericksson Otto (Finland)

2303386 Pte. Forssell August (Finland)

856950 Pte. Grinovetzky Stif (Number is a block from Quebec but went over with N.S. Forestry Corps)

2329385 Pte.Viberg Bruno (Finland)

This is all I have for Nova Scotia There are most likely more but either I do Not have the Shipping list or there is none. The Nova Scotia Depot Battalion I have never heard of a shipping list and many more were drafted into this. If yiu have trouble with any names that I have provided Let me know which and I will recheck the information.

Best Regards

N.S.Regt.

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Peter, I had no idea it is an area of interest for Bill.

My interest in the 227th and 141st came about while doing some research a couple of months ago. I had stumbled across the excellent on-line "Historical Archive of the Native Veterans of Northwestern Ontario" and decided to research the Roll of Honour they had posted. While doing so I found there were some names in both battalions which I at first thought were Aboriginal but were actually Eastern European.

Is there one particular area which stands out the most for enrollment of Eastern European men?

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Is there one particular area which stands out the most for enrollment of Eastern European men?

Chris, I have not analyzed province of enlistment yet, but just from researching I think it will be Manitoba and Alberta, as these places saw the largest settlement.

Marika, that is very interesting. It is rare to see a Russian man become an officer. He lists his religion as C of E. Thanks.

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Peter, that makes sense.

Here's a link to a short bio about Lt. de Sherbinin on the St. Andrew's College website, link.

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Hi Peter

I've looked through Harry Abbinks book, "The Military Medal Canadian Recipients 1916-1922", and Jim Wallaces book, "Canadian Foreign Awards, Awards to Nursing Service, Mentioned in Despatches World War I (1914-1919)". I've only looked for eastern sounding names. So I may have missed some. I've checked with the attestation papers to see if they were born in the country stated. I use the attestation papers in my research a great deal to confirm the names of the parents, next of kin and place of birth. All the best in your research.

Chris. and N.S.Regt, I’ve checked your lists against H. Abbinks MM. book and found no recipients of the MM.

LG. London Gazette

CG. Canada Gazette

p. Page

Russia

Commonwealth, Military Medal Recipients:

Pte. 512606 MEDVOSKOS (Medvaskes), MICHAEL GEORGE (J) CMMGMT COY., MM. LG. 20 Aug.1919

Spr. 505544 SNOVSKIG, JOSEPH CE., MM. LG. 28 Aug. 1917

Pte. 624706 DEMHENKO, KARL Inf., MM. LG. 13 March 1918

Pte. 183418 GOROVENKO, VASILI Inf., MM. LG. 13 March 1918

Pte. 52 GOUREVITCH, SIMON 8th Bn., MM. LG. 11 Feb. 1919

Pte. 2114921 KAATZ, LEO 27th Bn., MM. LG. 11 Feb 1919

Pte. 439403 SASKOWICK, JOHN Inf., MM. LG. 19 Feb. 1917

Pte. 234315 SHEWECHUK, LOUIS inf., MM. LG. 12 Dec. 1917

Russia, Order of St. Anne 2nd Class with swords

Lt. 53268 NOWITSKI, VLADIMIR Inf., Russian Order of St.Anne 2nd Cl. w/swords, LG.14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb.1918 p.2683

Russia, Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Class:

Sgt. 43592 SHTYKA, WASYL CA., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl.,LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2684

L.Cpl. 20252 KOMICH, JOSEPH CAMC. Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan 1918 p.2683

Pte. 448566 BONDARENKO, ISIDOR inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl. LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2683

Pte. 19380 CHECHEL, MIKE inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan 1918, CG. 2 Sept. 1918 p.2683

Pte. 755192 CHRANOFSKY, VINCENTY Inf., Cr. of Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan 1918, CG. 2 Sept. 1918 p.2683

Pte. 478863 DANILUK, IVAN Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan 1918 p.2683

Pte. 53218 DONDIK, SERG Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan 1918 p.2683

Pte. 216837 EWANICZUK, ALEX Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan 1918 p.2683

Pte. 19397 FETCHOCK, FREDERICK Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan 1918 p.2683

Pte. 227020 GEREGA, CYRIL Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan 1918 p.2683

Pte. 898191 HORBOCHUK, JOHN Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan 1918 p.2683

Pte. 448130 KHOBER, ALEXANDER CAMC. Cr. Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan 1918 p.2683

Pte. 183310 KOEWE, HPWIYA (HARRY) CAMC., Cr. of Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan 1918 p.2683

Pte. 898405 KORCHUK, JACOB CAMC., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan. 1918 p.2683

Pte. 50556, 416056 KOSACHOK, MICHAEL / COSAK, CAMC. Cr. of Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb.1917,CG.14 Jan.1918 p.2683

Pte. 439650 KRAGLIN, DAN CAMC. Order of the Cross of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan. 1918 p.2683

Pte. 721777 KRAWCHUK, PHILLIPP Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan.1918 p.2683

Pte. 441704 KREPENKO, PETER RCR., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan. 1918 p.2683

Pte. 454770 KRISHTOFF, ANDREA CMR. Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 15 Feb. 1917, CG. 14 Jan. 1918 p.2683

Pte. 808458 LEWESKI, CHARLES Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2684

Pte. 183868 NEKLUDOW, PETER Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2684

Pte. 696671 PONOMARENKO, WILLIAM Inf., Cr. of Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2684

Pte. 907792 POPOWYCZ, JOHN Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2684

Pte. 219385 PROKOPCHUK, MERCI Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2684

Pte. 454509 PROKOPNUK, HARRY (Zachary) Inf., Cr. of Order of St. George 4th Cl.,LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb.1918 p.2684

Pte. 805568 PUNCHKE, FRANK Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2684

Pte. 775375 SAVCHUK, ALEKSANDR Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2684

Pte. 888062 STORSHOFF, HENRY Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2684

Pte. 887956 YURCHENKO, HARRY Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2684

Armenia

Commonwealth, Military Medal Recipients:

Pte. 769329 HOVANESSIAH, SAHAG 18th Bn., MM. LG. 24 Jan. 1919

Russia, Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Class:

Pte. 700359 AIVAZIAN, EDWARD Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan 1918, CG. 9 feb. 1918 p.2683

Montenegro

Commonwealth, Military Medal Recipients:

Pte. 1015585 MILATOVICH (Milstovich), MARKO 2nd Bn., MM. LG. 11 Feb. 1919

Russia, Order of the Cross of St. George 4th Class:

Pte. 103144 BOSCOWITZ, MILAN JACOB Inf. Cr. of Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan 1918 CG. 2 Sept. 1918 p.2683

Pte. 707209 BOSKOVITCH, VASO Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan 1918 CG. 2 Sept. 1918 p.2683

Pte. 811386 BROVITCH (Bruovch), MIKE Inf., Cr. of Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan 1918 CG. 2 Sept. 1918 p.2683

Serbia, Gold Medal for Zealous Service:

Pte. 23440 RAKOVICH, RADE Can Forces, Serbian Gold Medal for Zealous Service LG.3 Oct. 1917,CG.3 Nov. 1917 p.1413

Bohemia

Commonwealth, Military Medal Recipients:

Pte. 1045252 ZVERINA, THOMAS 20th Bn., MM. LG. 24 Jan. 1919

Poland

Russia, Order of the Cross of St. George 4th Class:

Pte. 18322 BENKE , ROMAN, inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl., LG. 14 Jan. 1918, CG 9 Feb 1918 p.2683

Pte. 808877 BELINSKY, THEODORE Inf., Cross of the Order of St. George 4th Cl. LG. 14 Jan 1918, CG. 9 Feb. 1918 p.2683

Best regards

HQ7

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  • 6 months later...

Updating: besides CEF attestation papers, the embarkation nominal roll has also proved fruitful. If anybody possesses any sailing rolls, the next time you pull them out to research, please look for Russia as the place of birth and advise me.

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Peter:-

Have you thought of using The CEF Roll of Honour by Edward H. Wigney?

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Roll of Honour by Edward H. Wigney?

Bill, does it list place of birth?

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Bill, does it list place of birth?

Unfortunately no.

It lists the 60,000 men and women of the CEF who were killed or died of wounds or sickness. It is organized:-- Regimental number, rank, surname, given names, unit (at time of death), year, buried (cemetery), notes.

You might be able to make a list of possibles from the name only, and then check the attestation form on the National Archives site.

Bill

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Hi Peter

There was a book recently released in Australia called 'Russian Anzacs' which may be of interest to you even though it focuses on the Russian experience in the AIF.

I've just started reading it and it's quite interesting.

One soldier was quoted as saying that when leaving Russia he couldn't decide between going to Australia or Canada. So it was 'Heads Australia or Tails Canada'.

http://www.unswpress.com.au/isbn/0868408565.htm

Regards

Andrew

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Stone the crows, Andrew. Thanks for that link. I would be interested in hearing your final review of the book. Googling reveals that the author found evidence of about 1,000 Russian Anzacs. I'm up to about 4,000 in the CEF. I guess geographic proximity would explain that.

Is there a cheap online source for Australian books?

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Stone the crows, Andrew.  Thanks for that link.  I would be interested in hearing your final review of the book.  Googling reveals that the author found evidence of about 1,000 Russian Anzacs.  I'm up to about 4,000 in the CEF.  I guess geographic proximity would explain that.

Is there a cheap online source for Australian books?

Hi Peter

Abe books is the one I normally use. Though It was about $45 through the publisher. What's the Canadian exchange rate compared to the Australian?

The author says she's found about 1000 Russian Anzacs, 'enough for their own battalion'. It seems the Russian Consul in Australia was an active recruiter of these men for the AIF.

Very interesting so far.

Cheers

Andrew

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