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Ruthenians, White Russians, Poles, Bessarabians, Lithuanians, Great Russians,
and other Slavs in the Canadian Army 1914-1919

Are you or do you know a descendant of a Russian or Ukrainian man who served in the C.E.F. during the First World War, also known as the Great War or World War One? Since 2003, research has been undertaken and continues about thousands of men from Ukrainian and other regions of Imperial Russia who enlisted in Canada.

Contact with and interviews of descendants of these veterans is needed for a forthcoming book. Do you have letters, diaries, photographs, family histories, sketches, official documents, audio recordings, or anything else about your military ancestor?

Do you know of these men, or any others? Please get in touch.

Military Medal Citation: "For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during the operations at PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE on Nov. 6th and 7th, 1917. Pte. V. GOROVENKO, 183418 (a Russian) took charge of his section when his N.C.O. was killed, on the 7th. By his fearless manner and willingness to attempt any dangerous task, this man set a splendid example. On one occasion during this operation he continued to carry wounded back to the aid post through intense shell fire for five hours, until forced to stop from exhaustion. This man had done splendid work in the line in every action for the past 17 months."

Newspaper Clipping

Calgary Daily Herald September 1916


Alex Kondruk served as Private Alaki Kowdhyhy, regimental number 297070. Ottawa Bukovynian Orthodox Cemetery