Tuesday 18 April 2017

Private Thomas Augustus Arcand

image1.JPGBorn on 12 January 1889 in South Gower, Ontario - husband of Mrs. Thomas Arcand, Kemptville, Ontario - attestation form notes trade as farmer, married, not now nor previously a member of the military, height of 5 feet 6.5 inches, chest of 37.5 inches, dark complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair, Roman Catholic.

Joined the 156th Canadian Infantry Battalion on 11 March 1916 (number 639859) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion in France on 24 May 1917 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - rejoined the battalion on 4 December 1917 - invalided sick to England on 6 January 1918 - rejoined the battalion on 5 April 1918 - wounded on 28 May 1918 - died of these wounds on 29 May 1918 - buried in Pernes British Cemetery, France.

(Many thanks to Karen Lara for the photograph of Pte Arcand.)

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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