Tuesday 22 November 2011

Private Arthur Rhodes, MM

Born on 7 November 1896 in Birmingham, England - brother of James Rhodes, 59th Battalion, CEF - friend of William John Howard, Sunderland, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 2.75 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; hazel eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 21 October 1915 (number 724567) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - wounded on 30 September 1918 - invalided to England on 15 October 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal - no formal citation - unit recommendation dated 7 September 1918: "For gallantry as a stretcher bearer during Scarpe Operations Sept 1st and 2nd 1918."

(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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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