According to his attestation papers dated July 20, 1915 at Toronto, John Arding was born on May 4, 1884 at Grove, Wantage, Berkshire, England. He listed his wife Florence Arding, 4th Street, New Toronto as his next of kin. He was a fireman and was a member of an active militia for 9 months, and had 8 years with Royal Lancers. He was 21 years and 2 months of age (the articles below indicate that he was 31 years old) and stood 5 feet 1 inches tall. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He had a tattoo on his left arm. He was a member of the Church of England.
He enlisted the same day with his brother Victor.
He was a member of the 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on November 18, 1916 in the Desire Trench at the Somme. His remains were never found and he is listed on the Vimy Memorial in France. He was a recipient of the Military Medal. He was listed as the Son of William and Emily Leah Arding, of Reading, England; husband of Florence Arding, of 816 Fourth St., New Toronto.
His brother Victor was also killed in action on the same day.
Articles courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial