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Old 06-07-16, 02:45 PM
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Officers of the allied staff, Svyatnavolok, 1919.

One of the servant boys of the Karelian Battalion/Regiment who was later burned to death. Note his cap badge - an Irish clover reflecting the Irish origins of the regiment (Irish Karelians).
Colonel Philip James Woods, the CO of the Karelian Battalion/Regiment.

Colonel Philip James Woods CMG DSO (23 September 1880-12 September 1961) was an independent unionist politician in Northern Ireland, member of the Northern Ireland House of Commons. He was a colonel in the Royal Irish Rifles and also worked as a textile designer.In June 1918, he went as part of the Murmansk force involved in the Allied intervention to Russia. Its task was to obstruct the Viena expedition by German-officered White Finn forces threatening East Karelia and the Murmansk-Petrograd railway. Operating out of Kem on the White Sea, he established a Karelian Regiment, supplied and officered by the British. The "Irish Karelians", as they were known, adopted a regimental badge, designed by Woods and consisting of a green shamrock on an orange field. With this force he was able to push the Germans and Finns established in Uhtua out of White Karelia (Vienan Karjala) in 1918. His success with the Karelians fostered unrealistic hopes of national self-determination which were ultimately unfulfilled, caught as they were between the Finns and Russians. The formation melted away as a transfer to White Russian command was attempted and Woods was evacuated in October 1919 with the rest of the British forces.
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Thank you for posting about my Great grandfather the fighting colonel p.j woods hard to come by photos of his.
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