Saturday 25 February 2012

Private Aleksandre Savchuk

Born in 1897 in Russia - son of Grigory Savchuk, Rodolsk, Russia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Toronto, Ontario; trade as laborer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 5.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 13 December 1915 (number 775375) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - wounded on 9 April 1917 - invalided to England on 13 April 1917 - later served with the Canadian Forestry Corps, CEF.

Awarded the Cross of St. George, 4th Class (Russia) - no official citation - unit recommendation date unknown (award announced 14 January 1918): "For distinguished services rendered."

(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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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