Felix Kaigul

May 27, 1886

Born in Poland, Russia


Jul 7, 1915

Attested into the 77th Battalion CEF in Smiths Falls, Ontario 

Ø      Number 144430

Ø      Next of kin given as Josephine Kaigul, wife, Opatow, Radom, Poland, Russia

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as Russian Soldier

Ø      Religion given as Protestant


Oct 23, 1915

Embarked the SS California in Quebec City, Quebec as part of the 77th Battalion’s 1st Draft


Oct 31, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe where the draft was absorbed into the 12th Reserve Battalion for training 

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Mar 15, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 16, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 1,288 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion 

On arrival he reverted to the rank of Private


Mar 21, 1916

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 21st Battalion in the front line N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

The 21st Battalion was given the objective of capturing a sugar refinery that had been turned into a German strong point near Courcelette, France, as part of the Battle of the Somme.  Private Kaigul was killed during this action and buried in a nearby field by his comrades.  When the war ended, his remains could not be located and consequently his name is recorded on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those WW1 Canadian soldiers killed in France and have no known grave.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were put into his “Russian Estate”.  It is unclear from the file if they were ever sent to his widow


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