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Giles, Pte. Arnold, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Occupation: jeweller. Military Service: Private, Reg. No. 475862 (McGill 1004), 3rd University Co. PPCLI, Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “Moved into trenches … . Am with [A.] Giles and [H.] Ellison,” 2:7 Feb ’16; “In supports … . with [A.] Giles and [H.] Ellison again,” 2:15 Feb ’16; “When roll was called, 450 were either killed, wounded or missing. Dunc Gay dead, Walker Walter dead. [A.] Giles missing, Mc… dead, Tom Flintoff [Flintoft] dead, [W.H.] Hoey badly wounded, the Colonel [H.C. Buller] dead, [A.H.] Gault wounded, all 2 Company officers dead or wounded, dozens of my chums and acquaintances gone,” 2:4 Jun ’16; “Tonight wrote … Mrs. Giles. Giles is still missing (D[ied]. of W[ounds]). Held out little hope as it is a thousand to one the old fellow is dead,” 3:12 Jun ’16.
Additional Biographical Information:
Pte. Arnold Giles was from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and employed as a jeweller before enlisting in 1915 with the 3rd University Company. He joined the PPCLI in the field on 21 Jan 1916 and saw action at the Battle of Sanctuary Wood, where he was shot in the spine and taken prisoner by the Germans. He died on 18 Jun 1916 at Stuttgart, Germany, just a month short of his 26th birthday. Stephen K. Newman, With the Patricia’s in Flanders 1914-1918, 178.
Date of Death: 18 June 1916. See casualty details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Buried at Niederzwehren Cemetery. Kielsberg, Kassel, Germany. Grave reference: II.E.13.