|Date of Birth||January 11, 1876|
|Place of Birth||Hamilton, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||Mrs. Maggie Marshall (mother), 11 Mill Street, Hamilton, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||Labourer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Address at Enlistment||Hamilton, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||November 19, 1915|
|Age at Enlistment||39|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
Arthur Marshall was born on January 11, 1876 in Hamilton, Ontario. His father was Patrick Marshall who was born in 1836 in Ireland and immigrated to Canada in 1870. His mother Margaret (Maggie) was born in England in 1853 and immigrated to Canada in 1863.
Arthur Marshall’s father died before the 1911 Canadian Census, leaving wife Maggie with four children living at home: Patrick (b. 1871), Joseph (b.1885), Mary (b.1888) and Ellen (b.1894). Four other sons, Thomas (b.1871), Arthur (b.1876), Walter (b.1882) and Albert (b.1882), were living away from home in 1911. At the time of Arthur’s enlistment in 1915 he was working as a labourer in Kenora, Ontario and signed up to send support payments of $25 a month to his mother in Hamilton.
It was November 19, 1915 when Arthur enlisted in the 94th Overseas Battalion in Kenora. He was 145 lb., in good condition with black hair, blue eyes and a clear complexion. Arthur was two months away from his 40th birthday. While he was still in Canada he was transferred to the 212th Battalion (May 1, 1916), the 97th Battalion (May 15, 1916), then to the 4th Overseas Pioneer Battalion (July 27, 1916).
He sailed to Europe from Halifax on September 12, 1916 and arrived in Liverpool on September 22nd. On December 2nd he was transferred to the Canadian Railway Troops Depot in Crowborough. On December 19th he was attached to the 127th Battalion and the battalion arrived in France on January 13, 1917. A month later it was re-designated as the 2nd Battalion of the Canadian Railway Troops.
Arthur’s two war years were served in a support role, building and rebuilding damaged rail lines in France. He had some difficulty adjusting to the discipline of military life and was sentenced to field punishments three times and forfeited his pay on six different occasions.
Arthur returned to Canada on the Belgic, of the Norwegian White Star Line, on March 2nd, 1919 and was discharged from the forces in Hamilton, Ontario on March 25th. He was 43 years of age.
He left the army to settle in Hamilton, Ontario. No further information on Arthur’s life following the war has been found at this point.
By Don Cameron