Tuesday 19 June 2012

Lieutenant Arthur George Starkings

Born on 21 March 1890 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England - brother of H.J.W. Starkings, Luton, Bedfordshire, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as divinity student; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 10 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 5th University Company, CEF, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 22 November 1915 (number 487329) - taken on the strength of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 6 June 1916 - sent to England for Officers' Training Course on 14 March 1917 - promoted to lieutenant with the 7th Reserve Battalion on 28 April 1917 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, as an acting-captain (lieutenant) on 21 July 1917 - killed in action on 27 September 1918 - buried in Quarry Wood Cemetery (grave III.A.5), France.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

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