Arthur Rosendale's signature

On this day in 1915 Arthur Rosendale signed up in Kingston. He was born in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, the son of Frederick Rosendale and Elizbeth (née Dellar) on April 17th, 1887 (he said 1886 when he enlisted). Arthur arrived in Canada in July 1913 on the SS Virginian. On October 29th, 1914 he married Ellen Charlotte Glenny in Deseronto. She was also English and had arrived in Canada on the SS Canada in February 1913 , in a party travelling under the auspices of the Women’s Domestic Guild of Canada.

Arthur Rosendale was a plumber and when he enlisted was described as having a fair complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair. He was five feet nine and a half inches tall. He joined the 5th Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery with a regimental number of 300284. His service record shows that he arrived in England in October 1915 and joined the 1st Heavy Battery in France on November 10th. In November 1917 he was admitted to hospital with an abscess and was discharged, healed in January 1918.