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Arthur Herman (1886-1918)

Private in Canadian Infantry buried in Harelaw Cemetery

Arthur Herman was born in Mohlup, Russia on 24 November 1886. His father was Benjamin Herman (1863-1941) and his mother was Pearl Herman; both parents were Russian. The family emigrated in 1888 and one of their known addresses was 731 North 26 Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Arthur attested on 21 January 1916 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He gave his address as 168 Spadina Avenue, Toronto and his occupation as a cheesemaker. He became a private with the service number 775632 in the 126th Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regiment. He was transferred to the 234th Battalion, Canadian Infantry and departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on 18 April 1917 bound for Liverpool, Lancashire on the SS Scandinavian. On arrival he was sent to the 12th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling, Kent.

Arthur was transferred to the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry in mid-November 1917 and was given permission to marry Elizabeth Hudson nee Wood of 50 Annfield Place, Annfield Plain before he left for France on 12 November 1917. Elizabeth was born in Newcastle, Northumberland in 1895 and was a cartman’s daughter. She had previously been married to Thomas Hudson (1892-1916), marrying in 1914. Thomas served as Gunner 3208 with the Royal Field Artillery and was killed in France on 22 October 1916. Thomas and Elizabeth had one daughter born in 1915 who they named Elizabeth.

In late December 1917 Arthur was treated for pyrexia of unknown origin at the 188th Casualty Clearing Station. On 27 January 1918 he was diagnosed with epilepsy followed by a mild nervous breakdown. He was hospitalised in early March for “mental observation” and was struck off the strength of the 3rd Battalion and put into a labour pool on 18 March 1918 in England. On 21 March 1918 a doctor noted that he was “mentally inaccessible.” On 26 March 1918 he was considered seriously ill and sent to the Lord Derby War Hospital in Warrington where he died as a result of cardiac failure on 1 April 1918. He was buried in Harelaw Cemetery in his wife’s home town in grave 10 C 46. He is honoured on the Cenotaph 1914-18, Park, Annfield Plain.

Arthur’s wife Elizabeth married Canadian soldier Robert Ernest Rollings in 1919 in Harelaw Church. It is interesting to note that her mother’s birth name was Ivy Rollings which may explain the link between Harelaw and the two Canadian infantrymen. Elizabeth, her daughter and Robert sailed to Canada in 1919 and lived in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario.

Civil Parish: Kyo

Birth date: 24-Nov-1886

Death date: 01-Apr-1918

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Mohlup, Russia (1886 birthplace)
168 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1916 attestation)

Family: Parents: Benjamin Herman (1863-1941), Pearl Herman
Siblings: Daniel Eastwood Herman (b 1879), Elizabeth Eastwood Herman (b 1884), Arthur Eastwood Herman (b 1890), Ruth Eastwood Herman (b 1892), Alice Eastwood Herman (b 1894)
Spouse: Elizabeth Herman nee Woods formerly Hudson later Rollings (1895-1955)
Step-child: Elizabeth Hudson (1915-1998)

Military service:

Service Number 775632
126th Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regiment
234th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Medal(s): British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Harelaw Cemetery, Annfield Plain, Stanley (grave 10 C 46)
Cenotaph 1914-18, Park, Annfield Plain

Gender: Male

Contributed by David D, Stanley, Co Durham

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