Hartley, Arthur

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Arthur Hartley
9 August 1887 – 20 September 1935
Place of birth Burnley, Lancashire, England
Place of death Hamilton Ontario
Place of burial Hamilton Cemetery
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1914 - 1919
Rank Captain
Awards MC*
Captain Arthur Hartley, MC* (9 August 1887 - 20 September 1935) was a Canadian soldier who served in the Canadian Signalling Service during the Great War. He was one of only seven members of the service to receive a bar to the Military Cross (denoting a second award).

Early Life

Arthur Hartley was born 9 August 1887 at Burnley, Lancashire in England to father Thomas Hartley and mother Martha (nee Greenwood). He emigrated to Canada in 1910.


Arthur had two years service with 6th Battalion, Liverpool Rifles, before emigrating to Canada, where he was employed as a bank clerk. He attested to the CEF at Valcartier Camp on 23 September 1914, as 5110 Sapper, in 1st Field Company, Canadian Engineers. He embarked for the UK on 22 October 1914 and thence for France on 9 February 1915 and was posted to the 1st Canadian Divisional Signal Company on 10 April 1915. He was commissioned Temporary Lieutenant Canadian Signal Service on 9 Apr 1916 and served with the Canadian Corps Signal Company. He was promoted Temporary Captain on 15 March 1917. He was posted to 2nd Canadian Divisional Signal Company as second-in-command on 19 December 1917, and later to 4th Canadian Divisional Signal Company, in the same appointment, on 22 January 1918.

He was posted to CE Reinforcement Depot on 31 October 1918 and as an instructor at the Canadian Engineer Reinforcement Depot on 7 November 1918. He returned to Canada on 8 February 1919 and was discharged on demobilization at Ottawa on 30 May 1919.

He was Mentioned in Despatches on 7 November 1917[1]. He was awarded the Military Cross in the Birthday Honours list of 3 June 1918[2] and awarded a bar to the Military Cross on 30 July 1919.[3]

Bar to the Military Cross Citation

Awarded a Bar to the Military Cross in 1919 with the following citation[4]:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Inchy between September 27th, 1918, and October 2nd, 1918. As second in command and as O.C. of his company, he was in charge of the construction and maintenance of all forward divisional lines, frequently carrying out his work in the face of great danger and difficulties. Prior to the attack on September 27th, a successful reconnaissance was made by him of the forward area for the purpose of locating prospective headquarters and the non-shelled areas for lines, thus assuring the safety of communications.

Personal Life

He married Daisy Ann Elizabeth King of Luton, Chatham Kent, likely in 1917. Arthur died on 20 September 1935.

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References and Notes

  1. The London Gazette, Supplement 30448. 25 December 1917. Page 13570.
  2. The London Gazette, Supplement 30716. 31 May, 1918. Page 6473.
  3. The London Gazette, Supplement 31183. 14 February 1919. Page 2371.
  4. The London Gazette, Supplement 31480. 29 July, 1919. Page 9706.