|The North Russia Intervention in 1915 saw the allies invade land at Archangel and drive the Bolsheviks back. Source: Daily Mail.|
The Argus related a story that did the rounds at a 1938 "Back To" Moonee Ponds West State School:
In 1915 Mr Lawson was serving on a British destroyer and found himself in Archangel. While on shore leave he went to a cafe, and saw a tall, bearded "Cossack," whose face seemed familiar. Lawson spoke to the "Cossack," and to his surprise the "Cossack" answered in English. The "Cossack" was Mr. "Dick" Thompson, who had attended the Moonee Ponds West State school, and who had gone to Russia and settled there.http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12454498
Are there descendants of Dick Thompson still living in Archangel, we wonder?