Herman, Arthur C.

Image may contain: people standing and outdoor775632 Private Arthur C. Herman was born on 24 November 1886 in Mohlup, Russia (now Belarus), son of Benjamin and Pearl Herman.

He attested with the 126th in Toronto on 21 January 1916 at 29 years of age. He listed his next of kin as his father Benjamin who resided at 731 N 26th St Philadelphia. His calling was that of a cheesemaker, and was not married. He was 5′ 2 1/2″ 125 lbs with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His address in Toronto was 168 Spadina Ave.

While undergoing training in Canada he had some trouble adapting to military life as he was given 7 days confined to barracks, 28 days detention and 7 days CB for refusing guard duty. He was AWL for 5 days also. Between 21 July 1916 and 5 Sept 1916 he was in Kapuskasing Hospital for a hernia. As a result of his troubles he was transferred to the 234th Battalion prior to going to England.

He departed Canada from Halifax on 18 April 1917, and arrived in Liverpool England aboard the SS Scandanavian on 1 May 1917 and was sent to the 12th Reserve Battalion with the majority of his mates, at East Sandling.

In mid-November 1917 he was to be sent to the 3rd Battalion but was given permission to marry Mrs. Elizabeth Wood Hudson of 50 Annfield Place, Annfield Plain, Durham England, before he left for France on 12 Nov 1917. In late-December 1917 he was taken in by 12 Canadian Field Ambulance and sent to No. 18 CCS. He was PUO (pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO) refers to a condition in which the patient has an elevated temperature (fever) but despite investigations by a physician no explanation has been found.)

On 27 Jan 1918 he was diagnosed as having epilepsy and within a month diagnosed as having a mild nervous breakdown. He was hospitalized in early March for “mental observation” and was Struck off Strength from the 3rd and put into a Labour Pool on 18 March 1918 in England. On 21 March 1918 a doctor noted that he was “mentally inaccessible.” On 26 March 1918 he was considered seriously ill and sent to Lord Derby War Hospital in Warrington, where he died as a result of cardiac failure on 1 April 1918. It is noted in his medical file, in some detail that he had breakfast at 8 am, egg, milk and some tea. At 9:30 am he collapsed with no struggle.His cardiac was slow and he died a few minutes later. It seems as though he was to be returned to Canada, but died prior to leaving England.

He is buried in Stanley (Harelaw) Cemetery, Durham, United Kingdom.

"In Pace Paratus – In Peace Prepared"

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