Arthur James Carman

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Nov 15, 1880

Born in Norfolk, England to James and Elizabeth (nee Tuck) Carman.


Apr 29, 1910

Embarked the SS Virginian in Liverpool, England

May 7, 1910

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Sydenham, Ontario


Jun 1, 1911

The Canadian Census shows him living on Mill Street, Sydenham, Ontario along with his wife, Louisa, and 5 children.


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59140 (temporary number 49)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Louisa Carman, wife, Outer Station, Kingston

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as Royal Field Artillery for 3 years and a current member of the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company

The PWOR Archives has a gap in the recruiting list for the PWOR between 1908 and 1914.  I believe that Arthur Carman enlisted during this period.  There are listings for an A Carman and an Albert Carman, both being discharged to the 21st Battalion on January 16, 1915.  I believe both of those listings are for his brother, Albert.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec

May 15, 1915

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


Aug 16, 1915

There is an entry in the file stating that he was admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital, but this was entered in error, as it was his brother Albert Carman who this refers to.  This was an easy mistake as they both have the same initial and both men were in “A” Company.  Albert’s file also contains documents that should be in Arthur’s file.


Aug 23, 1915

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Aug 26, 1915

Reported for duty and sentenced to forfeit 4 day’s pay and to have his pay restricted to half pay for 1 month as punishment.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone

Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer.


Nov 8, 1915

Proceeded on the Bombing Course.


Nov 14, 1915

Rejoined the battalion from the bombing school.


Dec 20, 1915

Private Carman was killed during a brief artillery barrage while in the N & O front line trench system.


Ridgewood Cemetery
Voormezeele Belgium 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Cross, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his remarried widow, Mrs. AW Stevens, 25 James St., Kingston, Ontario. 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Carman, 169 Montreal St., Kingston.


Private Arthur James Carman is commemorated on the Wall of Honour in Kingston, Ontario

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