CEF Soldier Detail

Lance Bombardier Frederick Stanley Arnold
Died: July 25, 1916

Regimental Number:
40124
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Field Artillery
Battalion:
1st Brigade
Company:
1st Battery
Place of Birth:
Cleveland, Ohio
Country:
U.S.A.
Next of Kin:
Mrs. Cathrine Arnold, mother, of 25786 73rd Street East, Cleveland, Ohio
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
April 28, 1890
Trade or Calling:
Stockman
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Valcartier, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
August 22, 1914
Age at enlistment:
24
Height:
5 Feet 6 Inches
Chest:
37 Inches
Expansion:
3 1/2 Inches
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Executed
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
July 25, 1916
Age at Death:
26
Buried at:
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Plot:
VIII. A. 137.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 243-9
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes
A. B. Godefroy "For Freedom and Honour?"
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lance Bombardier Canadian Field Artillery 1st Brigade 1st Battery

Son of Catherine Arnold of Cleveland, USA.  Husband of May Arnold of England.
Prior military service with 4th US Cavalry, US Navy and US Marine Corps.
When on active service, deserting his majesty's service, in that he, at Boulogne, on 5 June 1916, absented himself from Marlborough Details Camp, until apprehended by the Intelligency Corps, at Boulogne, on 27 June 1916 in plain clothes.  Tried on 5 July 1916.  Executed 25 July 1916.  This case did not come before the Canadian overseas authorities.

 "Those who go to war at the request of their nation do not know the fate that lies in store for them. This was a war of such overwhelming sound, fury and unrelenting horror that few combatants could remain unaffected," said Minister Duhamel. "While we cannot relive those awful years of a nation at peril in total war, and although the culture of that time is subsequently too distant for us to comprehend fully, we can give these 23 soldiers a dignity that is their due, and provide closure to their families."   (The Honourable Ron J. Duhamel, Minister of Veterans Affairs  11 December 2001) 

The Government of Canada has offered an apology and formally announced its regret for this situation. On December 11, 2001, Veteran Affairs Minister, Dr. Ron Duhamel rose in the House of Commons and with sincerity and passion, read the names of those 23 Canadians into the Parliamentary record and announced their names will be written into Parliament Hill's Book of Remembrance. He was whole-heartedly supported by all of Canada's opposition Parties.