Friday 26 October 2012

Private Grigory Posiak

Born on 8 February 1895 in Selo Jerdia, Russia - brother of Anna Posiak, Selo Jerdia, Russia - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: current address in Stratford, Ontario; trade as laborer; single; no current or previous military service; Greek Catholic; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; hazel eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 21 February 1916 (number 775855) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 30 June 1917 - buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery (grave III.E.13), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Posiak's headstone in La Chaudière Cemetery I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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