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Arshak Gafavian

Arshak Gafavian
Vartan of the Ararat regiment
Birth name Arshak Gafavian
Nickname Keri
Born 1858
Erzerum, Erzurum Vilayet, Ottoman Empire
Died 15 May 1916 (aged 57–58)
Rowanduz, Iraq, United Kingdom
Buried at Khojivanq, Tbilisi
Allegiance Dashnaktsutyun
Service/branch Russian Armenian Volunteer Corps
Years of service 1880's—1916
Commands held 4th Armenian volunteer battalion
Battles/wars Armenian National Liberation Movement
Sasun Uprising (1904)
Persian Constitutional Revolution
World War I
Caucasus Campaign

Arshak Galfaian better known by his nom de guerre Keri (1858 – 15 May 1916) became member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.[1] He was the foot soldier during 1904 Uprising, Armenian–Tatar massacres 1905-1907, and with Yeprem Khan in the Persian Constitutional Revolution, leading the Caucasian troops after the death of Yeprem.

After the declaration of World War I, he become the commander of the 4th Armenian volunteer unit in 1914; took part in the battle of Sarikamish (at the Barduz pass). Relieved the besieged Russian and Armenian troops at Ruwanduz in 1916.

His body was transferred to Tiflis and buried there in Khojivanq cemetery.


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