Thursday 14 March 2013

Private Arthur Erskine Goodeve

Born on 30 March 1895 in Chesley, Ontario - son of Arthur Samuel Goodeve, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student, single, no current military service, previously served with the McGill Canadian Officers' Training Corps and the Rossland Cadet Corps (three years), Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 8.5 inches, chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, grey eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 8 March 1915 (number 410946) - transferred to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 17 July 1915 - killed in action on 17 September 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Goodeve'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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