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  • Savchuk (Sawchuk), Steve

  • According to his attestation papers, Steve Savchuk was born on 25 December 1885 in Ostrozan, Kiev, Russia. His parents were Philip and Domikia Savchuk. Steve was married in Russia and when he signed his attestation papers he gave Maria Savchuk, wife, who still lived in Russia as his next of kin.

    Steve enlisted with the 188th Battalion on 03 April 1916 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He was transferred to the 144th Battalion at Camp Hughes, Manitoba on 06 July 1916. His unit embarked from Halifax on the 18th of September that same year. When the 144th arrived in England they trained at Seaford. While there, Steve served 28 days field punishment #2 for inappropriate behavior. In January of 1917 he was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion and then drafted to the 52nd Battalion on 16 February 1917. He arrived in France for duty with his unit on 29 February. From the 4th of May to the 22nd of May Steve was in Stationary Hospital #4 suffering from fever of unknown origin (PUO). His first leave from the battlefields of France came at the end of December 1917 when he spent two weeks back in the United Kingdom. In April of 1918 Steve was taken on strength by the 72 Company of the Canadian Forestry Corps. He had a second two week leave to the UK in October of 1918. Shortly after his return to duty he was hospitalized with infection and in January 1919 was returned to England. He spent time in hospital with urethritis at Kinmel Park in February before returning to Canada. Steve was also a patient at the Manitoba Military Hospital where his treatments for urethritis continued upon his return. He received his official discharge due to demobilization on 16 May 1919 in Winnipeg.

    At some point Steve moved to Kenora, Ontario and remarried. He was a member of the Kenora branch of the Legion. His wife, Katherine, died in June of 1939. The 1945 Canadian Voters List shows Steve living on Fourth Street North and working as an oiler at the paper mill. His name is listed as Steve Sawchuk on the voters list.

    According to records at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Steve Sawchuk died during the winter of 1951. However, the cross that marks his grave has the year 1950 as his death year.

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 886551
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 52nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Ostrozan, Kiev
  • Country:
  • Russia
  • Next of Kin:
  • Maria Savchuk (wife), Ustingrad, P.O. Ostrozan, Kiev, Russia
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 25, 1885
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Laborer
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • April 3, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 30
  • Religion:
  • Greek Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • 1950 or 1951
  • Age at Death:
  • about 65
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • RC B - 10 - 25
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • According to his attestation papers, Steve Savchuk was born on 25 December 1885 in Ostrozan, Kiev, Russia. His parents were Philip and Domikia Savchuk. Steve was married in Russia and when he signed his attestation papers he gave Maria Savchuk, wife, who still lived in Russia as his next of kin.

    Steve enlisted with the 188th Battalion on 03 April 1916 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He was transferred to the 144th Battalion at Camp Hughes, Manitoba on 06 July 1916. His unit embarked from Halifax on the 18th of September that same year. When the 144th arrived in England they trained at Seaford. While there, Steve served 28 days field punishment #2 for inappropriate behavior. In January of 1917 he was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion and then drafted to the 52nd Battalion on 16 February 1917. He arrived in France for duty with his unit on 29 February. From the 4th of May to the 22nd of May Steve was in Stationary Hospital #4 suffering from fever of unknown origin (PUO). His first leave from the battlefields of France came at the end of December 1917 when he spent two weeks back in the United Kingdom. In April of 1918 Steve was taken on strength by the 72 Company of the Canadian Forestry Corps. He had a second two week leave to the UK in October of 1918. Shortly after his return to duty he was hospitalized with infection and in January 1919 was returned to England. He spent time in hospital with urethritis at Kinmel Park in February before returning to Canada. Steve was also a patient at the Manitoba Military Hospital where his treatments for urethritis continued upon his return. He received his official discharge due to demobilization on 16 May 1919 in Winnipeg.

    At some point Steve moved to Kenora, Ontario and remarried. He was a member of the Kenora branch of the Legion. His wife, Katherine, died in June of 1939. The 1945 Canadian Voters List shows Steve living on Fourth Street North and working as an oiler at the paper mill. His name is listed as Steve Sawchuk on the voters list.

    According to records at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Steve Sawchuk died during the winter of 1951. However, the cross that marks his grave has the year 1950 as his death year.

    Savchuk-Steve-10 Savchuk-Steve-11 Savchuk-Steve-12

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  • Savchuk (Sawchuk), Steve Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 886551
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 52nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Ostrozan, Kiev
  • Next of Kin:
  • Maria Savchuk (wife), Ustingrad, P.O. Ostrozan, Kiev, Russia
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 25, 1885
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Russia
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Laborer
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • April 3, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 30
  • Religion:
  • Greek Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • 1950 or 1951
  • Age at Death:
  • about 65
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • RC B - 10 - 25
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Savchuk (Sawchuk), Steve

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