Other names: Arthur George
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetCann, Shaftesbury, DorsetToronto, Ontario, CanadaBournemouth, HampshireFrance & Flanders
Story: Arthur George Rideout was born in the Shaftesbury Workhouse, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10 Oct 1895 and baptised at St. James's Church on 17 Nov 1895 the son of Catherine (Kate) Rideout. Catherine married George Trowbridge on 6 Jun 1899 at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, and they set up home in Butts Knapp, Cann, Shaftesbury. Regrettably George Trowbridge died in 1903 and Catherine left the UK and sailed to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she re-married William Joseph Wilken on 24 Jul 1909. Meantime Arthur had remained in the UK and by 1911 was boarding in Bournemouth, Hampshire, working as a Grocers Assistant. At some time later he had followed his mother to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and enlisted on the 11 Aug 1915 and joined the 83rd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (10th Regiment of Royal Grenadiers) as a Private (later Corporal) (Service No. 171944). He sailed for France & Flanders on 20 May 1916 where he received Shell Wounds on 7 Oct 1916 but was not returned to duty until 27 Feb 1918. By that time he had been medically assessed and was formally discharged back in Canada on 15 Aug 1918 due to heart problems. He qualified for the Victory and British War Medals. He married Nellie Taylor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 17 Oct 1918 and they went on to have five children. No record of Arthur's death has yet been found.