Arthur Markle's signature

On this day in 1914 Arthur Arrison Markle signed up in Valcartier, Quebec. He gave his next of kin as Mary Markle, of 1863 3rd Avenue East, Owen Sound and stated that he was born in Deseronto on 20 September 1891. There was a Markle family in Deseronto in the 1881 census: Alfred and Margaret, with a son called Simco. Arthur’s service record gives his brother’s name as Simco. By 1891 the family were living in North Fredericksburg. Seven years later, both parents were dead and the children were distributed among family members.

Markle joined the 5th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. His regimental number was 13776. He was five feet six and a half inches tall, with a ruddy complexion, blue eyes and dark hair. His service record shows that his unit sailed from Canada on the SS Lapland on October 3rd, 1914.

Arthur was killed in 1915.