Henry John Arnold


Apr 29, 1893

Born in Chatham, Kent, England


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59024 (temporary number 838)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Pheobe Hook, mother, 220 Chatham Hill, Chatham, Kent, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Painter

Ø      Previous military experience given as 43rd Regiment, DCOR, (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles) Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter of 1914-15, with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, Hythe, Kent


Sep 10, 1915

Posted to the 4th Brigade Headquarters Staff to be employed as a Batman


Sep 14, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France with the 4th Brigade HQ


Jul 21, 1917

Granted 10 days leave to Paris


Aug 1, 1917

Rejoined the brigade from leave


Mar 18, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Apr 4, 1918

Rejoined the brigade from leave


Sep 8, 1918

Forfeited 5 days pay for “striking a comrade”


Oct 26, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Oct 27, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Auberchicourt, France


Dec 27, 1918

Admitted to No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to the No. 1 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis) that he contracted while celebrating the war’s end


Dec 28, 1918

Transferred via No. 27 AT (Ambulance Train)


Dec 31, 1918

Admitted to the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital in Wimereux


Jan 23, 1919

Transferred to the No 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne


Feb 4, 1919

Transferred to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux


Feb 22, 1919

Transferred back to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne

Forfeited Field Allowance and 50 cents per day for the 54 days spent in hospital as punishment for contracting VDS


Apr 3, 1919

Discharged from hospital and embarked the Western Australia in Havre

Posted to the Canadian General List in Seaford


May 23, 1919

Posted to “H” Wing at Witley pending discharge


Jun 27, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at the No. 2 CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot), London, England 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 220 Chatham Hill, Chatham, Kent, England 

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 15 O’Connor St., Ottawa, Ontario


May 4, 1920

Embarked the SS Grampian in London


May 15, 1920

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


Jun 1, 1921

Shown on the Census as living at 15 O’Connor St., Ottawa, Ontario with his brother, William Arnold


Apr 28, 1924

Married to Margaret Jessie Booth in the St. Matthias Church, Ottawa, Ontario

Following his retirement, Jack and his wife Meg moved to Florida


From the July 1976 issue of the Communiqué, the battalion's post war newsletter

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