Monday, 5 February 2007

Private Arthur Bandy

Born on 6 May 1892 in London, England - husband of Ellen Bandy, Toronto, Ontario - attestation form notes present address in Toronto, Ontario, trade as driver, married, no current or previous military service, height of 5 feet 7.5 inches, chest of 35.5 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, Church of England.

Joined the 126th Canadian Infantry Battalion on 7 March 1916 (number 775962) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion in France on 4 or 6 December 1916 - wounded on 30 September 1918 - invalided to England on 2 October 1918.

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal - citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a stretcher-bearer. Although buried by shell-fire three times, he insisted on carrying on, going out in the open many times under heavy fire to help the wounded. His condition became such that his platoon commander ordered him in, but he pointed out the number of wounded and shortage of bearers, and remained at work till the battalion was relieved. Even then he went out to the areas held by other companies, and helped with their wounded." - unit recommendation dated 6 November 1917: "Throughout the operations from Oct. 29th to Nov. 2/17 this man set a wonderful example of devotion to duty and cheerfulness in carrying out his duties as S.B. He repeatedly went out in the open to dress the wounded and remained on duty after having been buried three times besides suffering from concussion."

Awarded the Croix de Guerre (Belgium) - no citation, award announced 12 July 1918 - unit recommendation undated, no text.

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