Friday 11 January 2013

Private Arthur Frederick Cranefield

Born on 28 October 1873 in London, England - husband of Marie Cranefield (later Murphy) - son of late Frederick C. and Emily Cranefield - son of Hessie Wallace, London, England - at time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as cook's assistant, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 9 inches, chest of 38 inches fully expanded, ruddy complexion, hazel eyes, blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 6 April 1915 (number 410070) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Cranefield's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, 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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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