Arthur Giles

Mar 31, 1894

Born in London, England Walter Arthur and Jennie (nee Whale) Giles


Apr 22, 1913

Embarked the SS Ultonia in Southampton



May 8, 1913

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Trenton, Ontario


Nov 23, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59366 (temporary number 1086)

Ø  Next of kin given as Walter A Giles, 44 North St., Kensington, London, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


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, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jul 28, 1915

Forfeited 2 days pay for being absent July 25 and 26


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Apr 4, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl JC Browne who had been promoted


May 6, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Varicose Veins in his legs


May 7, 1916

Discharged to duty and rejoined the battalion


Jun 12, 1916

Granted 8 days leave.  This was later extended by 1 day


Jun 21, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s capture of the strongly defended sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Lance Corporal Giles received a through and through bullet wound to his right arm that fractured the Radius and Ulna.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station.  He was then transferred to the No. 6 General Hospital in Boulogne where 2 surgeries were performed to remove bone fragments and set the fractured bones in place


Sep 20, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Asturias


On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 3 Western General Hospital in Cardiff where 2 surgeries were performed to allow for drainage of the wounds

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 18, 1917

Transferred to the Convalescent Hospital in Bearwood Park, Wokingham


May 2, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 18, 1917

Embarked the Hospital Ship Letitia in Liverpool



Jun 29, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 2, 1917

Medical Board in Halifax notes

Ø  Entrance and exit wound scars from bullet are present along with scars from previous surgeries

Ø  Flexion of arm to forearm only possible to 75 deg in right arm

Ø  Thumb movement is nearly normal

Ø  Right hand is blueish and cold

Ø  Disability is 30% and permanent

Ø  Board recommends convalescent home treatment

Arthur Giles then proceeded to Edmonton, Alberta


Jul 9, 1917

Taken On Strength “I” Unit, Edmonton, Alberta Section of the Military Hospital Commission of Canada and granted leave until July 18, 1917


Jul 24, 1917

Admitted to the Strathcona Military Hospital, Edmonton


Aug 10, 1917

Granted leave until August 21, 1917


Nov 22, 1917

To be treated as an Out Patient


Dec 1, 1917

To be treated as an In Patient


Jan 3, 1918

Transferred to the Edmonton Military Convalescent Hospital


Feb 13, 1918

Medical Board at the Edmonton Military Convalescent Hospital notes

Ø  Patient has limited movement and weakness in right arm as a result of a multiple fracture of the Ulna and Radius

Ø  Complete ankylosis between Radius and Ulna

Ø  Lateral movement limited to 80%

Ø  Grip in right hand that of a 12 year old boy

Ø  Hand is cold

Ø  Condition is permanent but will improve to 25% disability

Ø  Board recommends that he be discharged from service


Mar 7, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Calgary, Alberta

Ø  Rank on discharge Lance Corporal

Ø  Entitled to the War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Box A, Alix, Alberta

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 37, Alix, Alberta


Apr 1, 1981

Arthur Giles died in Richmond, British Columbia


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