Russian hero James Volkov.
As a descendant of an emigrant from Russia became a hero of the Canadian army & hellip;
On the exploits of well-known and forgotten Russian heroes of the First World War, a lot was written in our rubric. We talked about the glorious exploits of aviators, armored cars, scouts, cavalrymen, sailors, infantrymen, military priests. Today, developing this topic, we will republish an interesting note 100 years ago from the popular pre-revolutionary newspaper “New time”, dedicated to Russian heroes in the Canadian army.
Canada entered the First World War on the side of the Entente on August 5, 1914. Canadian troops fought against the Germans and Turks, establishing themselves as one of the most combat-ready allied forces on the Western Front and the Asian-Turkish theater of war. The ranks of the Canadian army valiantly fought and natives of the Russian Empire.
Russians in the Canadian army.
In Canada, in the northern regions of it, in the field of gold industry, a long time ago, 70 years ago, settled a family of Russian emigrants, farmers of the Yenisei province Volkov and Semerikov. These people have long become rich, have houses in Vancouver and have long been Canadian citizens. Children and grandchildren of Volkov and Semerikov received higher education. Among them are several engineers and lawyers.
When the war broke out, all the young Semerikovs and Volkovs immediately went to the detachments sent by Canada to help Britain in the western theater of the war. They participated in the battles of Arras and put their hand to the great victory on the Marne. Some of them received high military awards, and recently two Volkov brothers were sent to Gallipoli, where they led newly arrived Canadian troops already in the rank of lieutenants took part in the only one of a kind landing of British troops at Sulev under the hurricane fire of enemy artillery.
Lieutenant James’ & raquo; Volkov with a Canadians detachment was one of the first to go to the ford, reached the shore and rushed into bayonets. Despite the injury, he pushed back the Turks and, opening a strong machine-gun fire, allowed the rest of the troops landing in his sector to dig in, which was the first step to further offensive by British troops. For this feat Volkov received the next rank and gratitude to the commander-in-chief in the order for the army. Another Volkov (.) Died, struck with a bullet in the head.
The newspaper The Chicago Herald, noting these isolated facts, points to the high patriotism and sense of duty of representatives of Russian families who have long emigrated to Canada, but who have preserved in their souls a burning love for their homeland and a sense of duty in this great war.
Prepared by Andrei Ivanov, Doctor of Historical Sciences.
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Russian hero James Volkov.