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Fleming Arthur Gordon Slane, of Hoselaw, Alberta, enlisted at Quebec City, originally from Dublin, Ireland. Medals/Honours: Military Medal (MM), Mentioned in Dispatches (MID), Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). Occupation: Machinist. Military Service: Private, Lieutenant, Reg. No. 14472, 6th Bn., transferred to PPCLI [2nd Co., 5th Platoon]; transferred to 26th Bn. Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “[A. G. S.] Fleming showed me a letter he had written to a friend telling his doings from the time of his leaving home until that never to be forgotten ‘eighth of May’. By the way, he received the D.C.M. for his work that day,” 2:11 Nov ’15; “Last night Lt. Walker came along. Awfully glad to see the little fellow. He is a sniper in the 26th. His officer is old [A. G. S.] Fleming who used to be a private in our platoon,” 3:14 Sep ’16. According to Hodder-Williams, 174, Fleming transferred from the 6th Bn. to the PPCLI on 28 April 1915, was struck off strength 4 January 1916 and subsequently became a lieutenant in the 26th Bn.
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May 1915: Sgt. [sic] A. S. Fleming was “Mentioned in Dispatches” in commendation for his actions in the Bellwaerde Sector. (Newman, 60)
7 October 1915: “Fearing a return of the enemy with reinforcements from La Grenouillere, Sgt. Christie took the opportunity of withdrawing his whole party returning to our lines without a casualty. Pte. Fleming did splendid work with his bombs, remaining behind with Sgt. Christie to cover the retreat of the remainder. (The War Diary of the PPCLI, 7 October 1915)
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Date of Death: 15 August 1918. See casualty details, Commonwealth Graves Commission. Buried at Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Aix-Noulette, Pas de Calais, France. Grave Reference: I K.14.