Arthur Lionel Malley in 1914

Arthur Lionel Malley signature

Arthur Lionel Malley signed up on this day in 1916 in Cobourg. He was born on December 8th, 1896, the son of William James Malley and Ada (née Moodie). He noted on his attestation form that he had attended two courses with the Royal School of Artillery. The photograph above was taken in 1914, when Arthur was a member of the Deseronto Fire Team.

Malley joined the Cobourg Heavy Battery with the regimental number 1260514. The picture below shows the fourth draft of this unit, which left for England in June 1916. Arthur was five feet ten inches tall, with a dark complexion, hazel eyes and brown hair. His service record shows that he arrived in England on June 28th, 1916 on the RMS Empress of Britain. He was promoted to Corporal on the following day, but reverted to the rank of Gunner at his own request in January 1917. He served with artillery units in England and was posted to France in May 1918 to join the 12th Canadian Siege Battery.

Cobourg Heavy Battery Fourth Draft

Fourth Draft of the Cobourg Heavy Battery, courtesy of Cobourg Public LIbrary

Malley was demobilized in Montreal on May 11th, 1919. He married Hellen Isobel Weaver in Trenton on June 20th, 1928, when his occupation was customs clerk. He died 0n May 13th, 1952 and is buried in the Deseronto Cemetery alongside his parents.

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