Friday 23 November 2012

Private Arthur George Poynter

Born on 13 January 1894 in England - son of William and Julia Poynter, Montreal, Quebec - brother of Private Harold Cecil Poynter, 38th Battalion, CEF - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farm hand; single; currently a member of the 43rd Regiment Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (fourteen days); no previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 20 April 1915 (number 410176) - 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 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Poynter'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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