Friday 26 April 2013

Private Arthur Truscott

Born on 23 December 1871 in County Cork, Ireland – son of the late William and Elizabeth Truscott, Newport, England – at the time of his enlistment in 1914: trade as lumberjack; single; previously served with the Royal Garrison Artillery (eighteen years, India, etc.) and served in the South African War; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 7.25 inches; chest of 39.5 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the ??? (number 853) in Montreal, Quebec, on 12 December 1914 – [then] – joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 3 May 1915 (number 410208) – 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 Truscott'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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