Tuesday 26 May 2009

Private Arthur William Golden

Born on 29 December 1893 in Vankleek Hill, Ontario - son of Mrs. Maggie Golden, Vankleek Hill, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, trade as labourer, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 9.5 inches, chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in Hawkesbury, Ontario, on 15 March 1916 (number 633773) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 January 1918 - wounded on 10 or 11 August 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 13 September 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.


bmatthew@london.ca said...

this is my grandfather.Do you have anymore information on him?

bmatthew@london.ca said...

This is my grandfather. Do you have any more information on him?

bruce said...

this is my grandfather. do you know the battles they were in?

Ken said...

Hi Bruce,

Unfortunately, I don't have any other information at present on your grandfather. His attestation (enlistment) papers can be found on the Library and Archives Canada website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=417220 and you can order a photocopy of his military service file through that website. The archives is in the process of digitizing all of the First World War Canadian military service files, but appears his has not yet been done.

As for the battles they were in, the single most complete online resource would be the battalion's wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/38th_Battalion_%28Ottawa%29,_CEF . I also wrote the history of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa ("Capital Soldiers: The History of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa" (Ottawa, 2011)) which has four chapters on the 38th Battalion's war (the 38th was perpetuated by the Camerons following the war). You might be able to get a copy of it through interlibrary loan at your local public library.

Hope this helps,