Monday, December 20, 2010

Private Arthur Larkin - 1096179

According to his attestation papers dated February 13, 1917 at Toronto, Arthur Larkin of 7th Street south, New Toronto, Ontario was born on September 11, 1898 in Toronto.  He listed his mother, Emily Larkin, 7th Street, New Toronto, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was unmarried, a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 18 years and 6 months of age and stood 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes and fair hair and complexion.  He had a scar on the first finger of his right hand and a mole on the top of his left foot.  He was a member of the Church of England.

He was a member of "B" Company, 75th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on September 2, 1918.  According to the CEF burial register he was killed during the storming of the Drocourt-Queant Switch Line.  His death occurred during the attack and capture of the ridge, and the sunken road beyond, between the town of Dury and the Arras-Cambrai Road, a few hundred yards north of the Arras-Cambrai Road.

He is listed as the son of William J. and Emily Larkin of 116 Seventh Street, New Toronto, Ontario.  He is buried in the Dury Mill British Cemetery in France.  

According to the 1911 census and his birth registration he was actually born on September 11, 1900 and so was only 16 year of age when he enlisted and 17 years of age when he was killed.

 courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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