My great grandfather Gabriel Kolomeitz b. 1885 joined the Canadian Army in 1916. He listed his hometown as Sabordash, Kiev Province, Russia.
He also said that he had previously been in the 15th East Siberian Rifles for 3 years. (This regiment fought in the Russo-Japanese war in 1904-05, near Port Arthur and Vladivostok.
His wife Alexandria and 3 children were still living in "Sabordash" when he enlisted, although they subsequently came to Canada.
Is Sabordash the same as Zaporizhska? or is there some other town that I'm not familiar with?
Does anybody know any history of the 15th East Siberian Rifles, or where I could get enlistment information?
His neighbours across the road in Canada were named Zaverucha, and I always thought that they might also be from Zaporizhska.