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Helping a friend of mine with some genealogical research. Looking for any info on the following 3 individuals:

Nikolaev (first name unknown) commander Russian 160th Infantry Division 1917

Chernyavsky (first name unknown) commander Russian 165th Infantry Division 1917

Aleksandrov (again first name unknow) commander Russian 6th Caucasus Cossack Division 1917

And that's all he has.

Also any info on the Russian 54th and 122nd Infantry Divisions, and the 4th and 5th Grenadier Divisions. Apparently he had a bunch of relatives in the Russian Army during WWI and is looking for info on where they were and who led them.

Any info would be appreciated.

Rich

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Hello! 

I was able to find information about the commander of Russian 6th Caucasus Cossack Division, 1917.

He is Semen Markovich Aleksandrov, born in 1859, in Semirechensk Cossack District (now in south-east of Kasakhstan). Officer from 1883. He served in 1st Semirechensk Cossack regiment until 1910s, then in 1st Poltavsky Kuban Cossack regiment, then in the rank of Colonel he commanded 3rd Kuban Cossack regiment and in 1917 was appointed commander of 6th Caucasus Cossack Division. No information since then... I don't know if he took part in the Russain civil war, he was already quite old.

He emigrated in 1929. His son was in Shanghai... 

That's all i have. Hope this helps.

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18 minutes ago, James A Pratt III said:

On my post below there is a site ria1914.info/index which has the bios of WW I era Russian officers

Yes I know this site, thanks.

there is just a very poor information about Semen Aleksandrov here.

https://www.ria1914.info/index.php/Александров_Семен_Маркович

I was able to find much more using other resources.

 

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On 17/09/2021 at 04:15, RHLV said:

 

Nikolaev (first name unknown) commander Russian 160th Infantry Division 1917

Chernyavsky (first name unknown) commander Russian 165th Infantry Division 1917

 

unfortunately, there is a very few information about General-Majors Nikolaev and Chernyavsky.

Among the Russian generals of the First World War, there are several candidates with such a surname, but it has not yet been possible to establish which of them exactly commanded the divisions. It seems to me that the problem is that the 160th and 165th divisions were formed at the very end of the war, in 1917, in the beginning of the revolution, and it is very difficult now to find all full-fledged documents, even by appointment of division commanders, especially since they commanded divisions for a very short time.

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and finally, your friend  could apply directly to the Russian military-historical archive, where they will help to identify all the information related to the persons of interest.

http://rgvia.com

Good luck!

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Wait, was that man's first name really "Semen"? I assume that was his communist name and not his Christian name, right?

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Hello!

What do you mean ‘communist name’?

Semen (Semion or Semyon) is quite common Russian name.

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9 hours ago, Mikhail said:

Hello!

What do you mean ‘communist name’?

Semen (Semion or Semyon) is quite common Russian name.

I mean like how Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili became Joseph Stalin after he became a Communist because it means "man of steel" and had industrial worker undertones. Why would anyone want to be named "Semen"?

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On 24/09/2021 at 20:05, HJ Armstrong said:

I mean like how Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili became Joseph Stalin after he became a Communist because it means "man of steel" and had industrial worker undertones. Why would anyone want to be named "Semen"?

it's absolutely different story :)  it's true that some leaders of the Bolshevik party took pseudonyms (to be more precise, a party nicknames) instead of surnames for themselves, but Colonel Semen Aleksandrov it seems was not a bolshevik, he was career Russian officer.

and again, Semen - very popular Russian christian name, Alexandrov - even more popular and common Russian surname...

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