Arthur William Black MC



May 8, 1892

Born at Vancouver British Columbia


Oct 16, 1914

On the payroll and served with the GGFG with rank of Lieutenant until November 4, 1914


Nov 5, 1914

Sworn into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Given rank of Lieutenant

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Phyllis Christina Rook Black (wife) of 111 Cooper Street, Ottawa Ontario

o       Also notify Mrs A Black of 278 Wilbrod St, Ottawa Ontario, later changed to c/o Mrs M Black, nursing home, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal Quebec

Ø      Occupation given as “Vocalist” (later recorded as “Shoe Salesman”)

Ø      No previous military experience is given

Ø      Religion given as “Roman Catholic”

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the Metagama at Montreal for England


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp


Sep 15, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone and disembarked at Boulogne France


Oct 22, 1915

Admitted to 5th CFA, sick


Oct 23, 1915

Admitted to Officer’s Division Rest Station at Mont Noir with suspected Typhoid Fever


Nov 2, 1915

Discharged from Division Rest Station


Mar 15, 1916

Promoted to Temporary Captain replacing Capt Stroud who proceeded to England sick


Apr 3, 1916

Granted leave of absence to England, until April 12, 1916 (was granted a 3 day extension)


Apr 14, 1916

Returned to unit


Sep 13, 1916

Admitted to No 7 Stationary Hospital Boulogne with a gunshot wound to leg


Sep 14, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick


Sep 15, 1916

Transferred to Mrs Arnold’s Hospital, 47 Rowland Gardens, SW, and posted to General List


Nov 2, 1916

Medical Board at 86 Strand, London

Ø      Officer still has a distinct limp

Ø      Bullet wound received at Courcelette passed through left calf

Ø      Suffers from nerve damage

Ø      Will require a prolonged rest

Ø      He declared unfit for any service for 4 ½ months


Jan 18, 1917

Attached to Canadian Command Depot at Hastings 

Medical Board at 86 Strand, London 

Ø      Improvement is noted while on leave

Ø      Pain still exists in heel when walking

Ø      Declared unfit for General Service for 2 months, but fit for Home Service


Mar 3, 1917

Medical Board at Hastings 

Ø      There is still loss of sensation in back of leg and sole of foot

Ø      Legs still give out after one hour walking

Ø      Declared unfit for General Service for 2 months, but fit for Home Service


Mar 20, 1917

Medical Board at Shorncliffe 

Ø      Declared him to be recovered from Bronchitis

Ø      Declared fit for General Service


May 19, 1917

Medical Board at Hastings 

Ø      Notes that there is still pain in left heel when walking

Ø      Board recommends that he is fit for full duty


May 23, 1917

TOS EORD at Seaford


Jun 21, 1917

SOS EORD on posting to 6th Reserve Battalion


Nov 4, 1917

Admitted to No 14 Canadian General Hospital, Eastbourne with dislocated right shoulder 

Treated with daily massage


Nov 13, 1917



Dec 3, 1917

On Command “Camouflage Demonstration”, London


Dec 4, 1917

Ceases to be on Command “Camouflage Demonstration”, London


Jan 23, 1918

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on proceeding overseas to join the 21st Battalion


Jan 25, 1918

TOS 21st Battalion on arriving at 2 CIBD


Jan 29, 1918

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Feb 18, 1918

Left CCRC to join 21st Battalion in the field


Feb 19, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Mar 4, 1918

Wounded, but remained at duty


Mar 22, 1918

Admitted to No 2 CFA with Laryngitis and transferred to No 5 CFA.  The same day he was transferred to No 4 CFA


Mar 27, 1918

Transferred to No 12 CFA


Mar 29, 1918

Transferred to No 11 CFA


Apr 4, 1918

Discharged to duty


Apr 11, 1918

Received gunshot wound to right leg and exposed to gas and was admitted to No 6 CFA.  He was then transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 12, 1918

Admitted to No 2 Red Cross Hospital Rouen with a gunshot wound to right leg and gassed 

Ø      Suffers from vomiting and retching

Ø      Eyes slightly affected

Ø      Treated with menthol mist spray to throat

Ø      Wound to leg only superficial


Apr 13, 1918

Transferred to No 33 “AT” 

Invalided to England aboard the Grantully Castle and detached to the EORD at Seaford


Apr 16, 1918

Transferred to Prince of Wales Hospital, Maryleborne 

TOS EORD on posting from Service Unit and shown in Hospital


May 13, 1918

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #30681.  His citation reads: 

“For conspicuous gallantry and leadership in action.  In connection with a hostile raid on a scale, the enemy succeeded in entering our trenches under cover of an intense artillery barrage and the use of liquid fire.  This Officer with exceptional gallantry led a party to the counter attack in which much hand to hand fighting ensued and in which he personally accounted for several of the enemy.  Although wounded early in the operation he continued to lead his men, who, inspired by his great courage, splendid example and initiation, inflicted severe losses on the enemy, restored the situation and converted the hostile attack into a defeat.”


May 30, 1918

SOS EORD on being returned to Canada, embarked the SS Olympic


Jun 6, 1918

Disembarked in Canada


Jun 25, 1918

TOS MD #3 and admitted to Fleming Hospital, Ottawa with effects of gunshot wounds and being gassed


Jun 25, 1918

Medical report compiled at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Patient reports that he was wounded in September 1916 in the leg, then wounded and gassed in April 1918.

Ø      Complains of

o       dizzy spells

o       nausea, sometimes with vomiting

o       tires easily

o       heart thumps very hard on exertion

Ø      Perspires easily and has tremors in his fingers

Ø      Declared unfit for any service for 2 months 

(NOTE:  It is not clear in the file if Capt Black was present in Kingston when the above report was compiled.)


Aug 8, 1918

Discharged to unit


Aug 18, 1918

Transferred to Casualty Company and detailed for duty as DAPM, (Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal) MD #3


Aug 29, 1918

Medical Board at Ottawa makes note of his wounds received in battle and that he was gassed in March of 1918. 

His disability is noted as “Probably permanent for 12 months at least” 

He is declared fit for Home Service only


Oct 1, 1918

SOS Casualty Company on transfer to MD #3 CMPC (Canadian Military Police Corps)


Jan 2, 1919

Appointed A/APM (Acting Assistant Provost Marshal) for MD #3


Jan 8, 1919

Admitted to Queen’s Military Hospital, Kingston with Influenza 

Ø      Complains of headaches

Ø      Neuralgic pains in joints

Ø      General feeling of malaise

Ø      Constipated

Ø      Has temp of 100 F.


Jan 14, 1919

Discharged to duty


Apr 16, 1919

Transferred to MD #2 (Toronto) to be A/APM with rank of Acting Major


May 10, 1919

Admitted to St Andrew’s Hospital Toronto with Influenza


Jun 10, 1919

Discharged to unit for duty


Feb 23, 1920

Medical Board at St Andrews Hospital, Toronto Ontario recommends discharge as “Medically Unfit”


Mar 12, 1920

SOS the CEF at Toronto on General Demobilization 

From his WW2 service file, the following background information is provided 

Ø      Assistant Provost Marshal for Military District No. 2, Toronto, Ontario from 1919

Ø      Commanding RCASC (Royal Canadian Army Service Corps) School of Instruction, London, Ontario from 1926 to 1934

Ø      DS & TO (Directing Staff, Transport Officer) Military District No. 1, London, Ontario, May 1, 1927 to August 20, 1927

Ø      DS & TO District No. 1, London, Ontario, May 29, 1933 to March 31, 1934

Ø      DS & TO District No. 3, Kingston, Ontario, January 1, 1934 to January 31, 1937

Ø      DS & TO District No. 2, Camp Borden, Ontario, February 1, 1937 to December 20, 1939


Sep 1, 1939

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


Nov 21, 1939

Attached to the No. 2 Detachment RCASC at Camp Borden for pay and allowances


Dec 20, 1939

TOS the RCASC Permanent Force at Camp Borden.


Feb, 24, 1940

To draw Command Pay ($1.00 per day).


Aug 13, 1940

Embarked at Halifax Nova Scotia.


Aug 28, 1940

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and TOS Canadian Military Headquarters in London, England. 

There are no entries in the file to indicate what duties or positions he held while in England.


Feb 1, 1941

TOS RCASC, Training Command, Camp Borden on returning from England and assumed Command of the unit.


Jun 24, 1941

TOS Military District No. 11, Victoria, British Columbia and appointed Transport Officer at Esquimalt.


Sep 22, 1941

Granted leave until October 6, 1941.


May 5, 1942

Proceeded to the Automotive School at Woodstock, Ontario on course.


May 29, 1942

Returned to Esquimalt.


Aug 1, 1942

Promoted to the rank of Colonel and appointed as the Command Supply & Transport Officer of Pacific Command, Vancouver.


Sep 27, 1943

Granted leave until October 10, 1943.


Nov 1, 1945

Granted 7 months retirement leave, until June 14, 1946.


Jun 14, 1946

SOS the RCASC on retirement with the rank of Colonel. 

His medal entitlement included the War Medal 1939-45 and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp. 

He lived in Victoria, British Columbia after retirement until 1952, when he moved to Kemptville, Ontario.



Hillsdale Cemetery
Petrolia ON

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