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  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur
  • A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur

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A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur

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A First War Canadian Memorial Grouping to Fred & John McArthur

Private Fred McArthur, 3rd Infantry Battalion "Toronto Regiment": 1914-15 Star, (19238 Pte F. McARTHUR. 3/CAN:INF:); War British Medal (19238 PTE. F. MC ARTHUR. 3-CAN.INF.); Victory Medal (19238 PTE. F. MC ARTHUR. 3-CAN.INF.); and Memorial Cross, George V (19238 Pte. F. McARTHUR). Naming is officially impressed on the First World War trio, the Memorial Cross is engraved and in its hardshelled case of issue. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patina on the BWM, light contact. Accompanied by his Identification Tag (bakelite, octagonal, stamped "19238 PTE McARTHUR F. P 3 BATT CAN.", 33.3 mm x 38.5 mm), along with a Deceased’s Army Personal Effects Cardboard Box (the box labelled in blue China marker "19238 Pte McArthur 3rd Bn" on top and "19238" on one side panel, label on one end panel inscribed "100420" and dated "7-11-18" (November 7, 1918), 135 mm x 220 mm x 48 mm), the box containing the three original letters that were forwarded to his father with his Trio and Memorial Cross, along with a Letter of Condolence from Lieutenant R.H. Sheppard, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Addressed to his Father, Martin McArthur (inscription in pencil, 148 mm x 224 mm, fold marks), an Inventory of Effects Slip (inscriptions in blue ink, 179 mm x 186 mm, fold marks); a Small Notebook Entitled "The Bank of British North America" (inscriptions in black ink, detailing his travel east through Canada and his subsequent sailing to England, 62 mm x 110 mm), a Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association Constitution of the Grand and Subordinate Camps Booklet (printed by the Grand Camp, Toronto in 1909, 72 pages of text in black ink with a four-colour cover, 100 mm x 143 mm, wear evident on the back cover) and a 3rd Infantry Battalion "Toronto Regiment" Sweetheart Pin (sterling silver with red, white and blue enamels, maker marked "G. A & S"", hallmarked with the British lion, an anchor (made in Birmingham) and date marked "s" (1917) on the reverse, 28 mm x 33 mm, horizontal pinback). Private John Alexander McArthur, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifle Battalion: British War Medal (4090210 PTE. J.A. MC ARTHUR 1-C.M.R.); and Victory Medal (4090210 PTE. J.A. MC ARTHUR 1-C.M.R.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, gilt wear and contact marks on the VM. Accompanied by his Province of Ontario Birth Certificate Card (plasticized, issued on August 15, 1956 at Toronto, number stamped "H46412", 62 mm x 90 mm). Better than very fine. Footnote: Fred McArthur was born on August 9, 1892 in Seymour Township, Northumberland County, Ontario, the son of Martin McArthur and Grace McArthur. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 9th Infantry Battalion as a Private (19238), on September 22, 1914, at Valcartier Camp, at the age of 22, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Martin McArthur of Campbellford, Ontario, stating that he had three years' previous service with the 14th Battery, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Rancher. It was noted during his Medical Examination that he had a tattoo of a maple leaf on his left forearm. The Battalion was raised in Edmonton, Alberta and Ottawa, Ontario and mobilized at Camp Valcartier, Quebec under the authority of P.C.O. 2067, August 6, 1914. The Battalion sailed October 3, 1914 from Quebec City, Quebec aboard the S.S. Zealand, with a strength of 44 officers and 1,101 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel S.M. Rogers. Once in England, the Battalion was re-designated the 9th Reserve Battalion and formed part of the Canadian Training Depot, located at Tidworth. McArthur was later transferred to the 3rd Infantry Battalion. Private Fred McArthur, 3rd Infantry Battalion was Killed in Action on August 8, 1918, the day before his twenty-sixth birthday. He is buried in the Toronto Cemetery in Somme, France, Grave Reference: B. 18. Demuin is a village and commune in the Department of the Somme in the valley of the Luce to the east of Domart, with the Toronto Cemetery located two kilometres north of Demuin village, in the fields. McArthur is also commemorated on page 453 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. A letter of condolence from Lieutenant R.H. Sheppard, 3rd Infantry Battalion, dated six days after McArthur's death, was sent to the Private's father, Martin McArthur, inscribed in pencil "France, 14 August, 1918. / "Mr. Martin McArthur, Box 526, Campbellford, Ont. / Dear Mr. McArthur, You have doubtless received official word that your son Pte McArthur, 19238, was killed in action on August 8th. I write to extend to you and his family our very deep and heartfelt sympathy in your very great loss. "Mac" as he was lovingly known by us all, was a great favorite with everyone, and has proved himself a brave soldier many, many times. I think the most encouraging words I can say are that he died bravely facing the enemy, and has added his full share of honor and glory to one of Canada's most glorious days in the field of battle. Yours very sincerely, R H Sheppard Lieut 3rd Bn Can." For his First World War service, Private Fred McArthur was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, the medals forwarded to his father, Martin McArthur. His mother, Grace McArthur, received his Memorial Cross. His brother, John Alexander McArthur was born on August 24, 1886 (although his Attestation Paper states the year as 1883) in Oshawa, Ontario, the son of Martin McArthur and Grace McArthur. He was a resident of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan when he signed his Particulars of Recruit Drafted Under Military Service Act 1917 Paper as a Private (4090210), with the Saskatchewan Regiment, 1st Depot Battalion, at No. 12 Military District, in Regina, Saskatchewan, on November 11, 1917, at the age of 31 (28), naming his next-of-kin as his father, Martin McArthur of Campbellford, Ontario, stating that he had no prtevious military service, that he was Single and that his trade was that of Real Estate Agent. He later joined the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifle Battalion and went overseas. For his First World War service, Private John Alexander McArthur was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
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