Arnold, William Thomas

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Arnold, William Thomas

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William Thomas Arnold (regt. no. 120499) was born on August 6, 1885 in England. Nonetheless, Upon enlisting, he listed Knowlton, Quebec as the address for his next-of-kin. Arnold, a lumberman, enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and volunteered for overseas service in Montreal on August 19, 1915 having served in the Scottish Light Dragoons for seven years before that. Upon enlisting, he was posted to the 69th Battalion (Canadien-Français) as a Private. His records indicate he served with the 13th Scottish Light Dragoons between August and October 1914. Confusingly, his records also state that before enlisting in 1915, he enlisted with the 13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada) in 1914 but was discharged for erysipelas. Arnold arrived in England on April 28, 1916 and was posted to the 23rd Reserve Battalion. In September 1916 he was drafted to the 60th Battalion (Victoria Rifles) with whom he served in France until January 1917 when he was posted to the 3rd Can. Div. HQ. In March 1917 he was posted to the 87th Battalion (Canadian Grenadiers Guard) and in June was transferred to the 1st Quebec Reserve Depot in England. In November 1917 he was returned to Canada and was sent to the Grey Nun’s Convalescent Hospital in Montreal for defective hearing and osteo-arthritis. He was discharged as medically unfit in January (or February) 1918.


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Religion: Roman Catholic
Married: Yes, Marion Arnold
Children: None
Awards & Citations: None

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