Friday 26 April 2013

Acting-Lance-Sergeant Arthur Ernest Tierney

Born on 24 August 1893 in Chicago, Illinois – husband of May Tierney, Ottawa, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as wife; trade as electrician; married (with three children – four years, three years, and ten months old); no current or previous military service; Salvation Army; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 1 March 1915 (number 410418) – 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 A/LSgt Tierney'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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