Arthur Gauthier


Sep 16, 1895

Born at Fournierville Ontario


Jan 25, 1918

Drafted into service into the 2nd Depot Battalion of the Eastern Ontario Regiment under the Military Service Act at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Number 3320376

Ø      Present address given as Vankleek Hill, Ontario

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs H Gauthier (mother) of Vankleek Hill Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Feb 12, 1918

Embarked the HMS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Feb 24, 1918

Disembarked at Glasgow Scotland and proceeded to the Seaford Camp


Feb 25, 1918

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Apr 3, 1918

Admitted to No 14 Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne for minor surgery


Apr 25, 1918

Discharged to duty


Jun 10, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 11, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Jun 17, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Jul 4, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets at Fosseux, north of Amiens, as part of the Corps Reserve where training was being conducted.  He arrived as part of a draft of 11 Other Ranks.


Oct 11, 1918

Admitted to No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to both of his eyes.  He was transferred the same day to No 1 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)

The 21st Battalion was involved in heavy fighting along the Erclin River in the Avesnes-le-Sec area and suffered many casualties




Oct 12, 1918

Transferred via No 22 AT (Ambulance Train) to No 18 General Hospital


Oct 13, 1918

Transferred to No 24 General Hospital where his left eye was removed


Oct 31, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Nov 1, 1918

Admitted to No 2 Western General Hospital at Manchester 

Suffered complete loss of left eye and was fitted here for an artificial eye then was transferred to St Dunstan’s Hospital.


Apr 7, 1919

Transferred to No 16 Canadian General Hospital at Orpington


Apr 27, 1919

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 2100 hrs


Apr 28, 1919

Reported for duty at 0745 hrs.


Apr 30, 1919

He was admonished for being AWL and fined 1 day’s pay and allowances


Sep 15, 1919

Medical Board at St Dunstan’s Hospital report 

Ø      Suffered shrapnel wounds to face causing loss of lef eye and damaging the right eye

Ø      Suffers from some hearing loss

Ø      Determined that he is unable to resume his former occupation because of the vision loss


Sep 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at the 2nd CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at London England 

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – St Dunstan’s Hotel, Regents Park, London



The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at St Dunstan’s Hotel at Regents Park, London, but it appears that they were returned.  They were later sent to Box 182 Vankleek Hill Ontario.  The dates for these shipments are not in the file supplied.


Jun 6, 1952

Died at the age of 56

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery
Montreal PQ


The above is believed to be a wedding photo

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