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  • Arthur Thomas Alterton was born 06 December 1884 in March, Cambridgeshire, England.  His parents were Charles and Eliza Jane Alterton. Siblings included John (born 1877) and Alice (born 1879).

    In May of 1904 Arthur immigrated to Canada settling first in Manitoba.  The following year he moved to Kenora, Ontario and got work on the CPR as a fireman.  The 1911 Canadian Census shows Arthur living at the YMCA on Matheson Street in Kenora.

    By the time Arthur enlisted with the Section #1 Skilled Railway Operators on 30 January 1917, he was a locomotive engineer for the CPR.  His unit arrived in England on 23 March 1917 and Arthur was appointed 2nd Corporal. The unit changed names to the 58th Broad Gauge Operating Company in April of 1917.  Arthur arrived in France on 18th of May 1917 and worked for a long year operating lines in the immediate rear of active operations and hauling troops, ammunition, supplies, material, ambulance trains, refugees, etc. for the battles of Messines Ridge, June 1917 and the Lys, April 1918. In the spring of 1918, No. 58 Broad Gauge Operating Company was brought under the command of the Headquarters, Canadian Railway Troops and became part of the Corps of Canadian Railway Troops.  Arthur had a three week leave to the UK in August of 1918 and a nine day leave to Paris in March of 1919.  He returned to England in April of 1919 and sailed back to Canada aboard the Aquitania in May of 1919.

    After the war Arthur returned to Kenora and his job on the CPR.  On 09 June 1920 he married Anna Laura Myles.  They had two daughters – Laurene and Ruth.

    Arthur died on 19 June 1953 in Kenora, Ontario.  He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 2124997
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Railway Troops
  • Battalion:
  • No. 58 Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company
  • Place of Birth:
  • March, Cambridgeshire
  • Country:
  • England
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mrs. Eliza Alterton (Mother) March, Knights End, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • YMCA, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 6, 1884
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Locomotive Engineer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • January 30, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 32
  • Religion:
  • Methodist
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • June 19, 1953
  • Age at Death:
  • 68
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 53E-36-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Honouring all who served, remembering those who died.
  • Arthur Thomas Alterton was born 06 December 1884 in March, Cambridgeshire, England.  His parents were Charles and Eliza Jane Alterton. Siblings included John (born 1877) and Alice (born 1879).

    In May of 1904 Arthur immigrated to Canada settling first in Manitoba.  The following year he moved to Kenora, Ontario and got work on the CPR as a fireman.  The 1911 Canadian Census shows Arthur living at the YMCA on Matheson Street in Kenora.

    By the time Arthur enlisted with the Section #1 Skilled Railway Operators on 30 January 1917, he was a locomotive engineer for the CPR.  His unit arrived in England on 23 March 1917 and Arthur was appointed 2nd Corporal. The unit changed names to the 58th Broad Gauge Operating Company in April of 1917.  Arthur arrived in France on 18th of May 1917 and worked for a long year operating lines in the immediate rear of active operations and hauling troops, ammunition, supplies, material, ambulance trains, refugees, etc. for the battles of Messines Ridge, June 1917 and the Lys, April 1918. In the spring of 1918, No. 58 Broad Gauge Operating Company was brought under the command of the Headquarters, Canadian Railway Troops and became part of the Corps of Canadian Railway Troops.  Arthur had a three week leave to the UK in August of 1918 and a nine day leave to Paris in March of 1919.  He returned to England in April of 1919 and sailed back to Canada aboard the Aquitania in May of 1919.

    After the war Arthur returned to Kenora and his job on the CPR.  On 09 June 1920 he married Anna Laura Myles.  They had two daughters – Laurene and Ruth.

    Arthur died on 19 June 1953 in Kenora, Ontario.  He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

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  • Alterton, Arthur Thomas Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 2124997
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • No. 58 Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company
  • Place of Birth:
  • March, Cambridgeshire
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mrs. Eliza Alterton (Mother) March, Knights End, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 6, 1884
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Railway Troops
  • Country:
  • England
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • YMCA, Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Locomotive Engineer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • January 30, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 32
  • Religion:
  • Methodist
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • June 19, 1953
  • Age at Death:
  • 68
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 53E-36-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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