Private Arthur Shelford

Regimental Number:
707221
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
103rd Battalion
Company:
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Prior Military Experience:
No
Enlistment Date:
July 1, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
31
Enlisted at:
Hazelton, British Columbia
Address at Enlistment:
Wistaria P.O., B.C.
Civilian Occupation:
Farmer
Saw Service in:
Unknown
Date of Death:
April 7, 1979
Age at Death:
94
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Wounded, Sep 2, 1918, Arras
Burial:
Cremated
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Date of Birth:
July 29, 1885
Next of Kin:
Charles Shelford [father], Enenley, Brackley,North Hants, England
Place of Birth:
Enenley, North Hants,
Country of Birth:
Prisoner of War:
No
Interned:
Married:
Single
Religion:
Church of England
Height:
6 Feet 1 Inches
Chest:
41 Inches
Expansion:
5 Inches
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
   
NAC Reference: ^1Box 8840-52
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private
Canadian Infantry
103rd Battalion
Awards and Decorations
Notes

Pioneer Days in BC, Vol. two: ...by the spring of 1916 I decided to enlist and with [Norman] Allan Blackwell, the youngest son of a neighbour, walked 45 miles to Houston in a day.  Since there was no train we continued 30 miles along the track to Telkwa and caught the train to Hazelton.

Allan passed his examination without trouble but when I came before Dr Wrinch he wanted to turn me down because of flat feet.  I asked him what that implied, 'Why, you can't march.'

'I may not be able to march, but I walked 45 miles to Houston over a rough, muddy road in 25 hours and I will take an 80 pound pack on my back and walk up the Bulkley Valley against any man you like to choose."

Editor's note: During his military service, Shelford rose from private to Company Sergeant-major and took part in several of the bloodiest battles, including Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and Arras.  He was wounded September 2, 1918, in the shoulder.  He spent the winter of 1918-19 in various English hospitals and met a nurse whom he eventually married.  He left for Canada early in April, 1919.

[His friend Blackwell [323512] was killed near Mons six days before the war ended.]

Research Notes
103rd Battalion Nominal Roll