Lance Corporal Harold Arbuckle

Originally from Tweed, Ontario, Harold Arbuckle was working as a bank clerk in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan before the war.

Harold enlisted in Saskatoon on May 3, 1915 and arrived in France on August 8th, 1915 where he was assigned to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. For four years Harold fought with the Princess Patricia's in nearly every battle they were involved: The Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Mount Sorell, Arras, Cambai, Canal du Nord, Amiens, the Hindenburg line.

During these four years of intense fighting Harold did not receive so much as a scratch. The men in his unit named him "lucky buck". According to family stories he was a tough man , who never backed out of a fight. He also was reluctant to make friends with those in his unit, as so many died beside him in combat.

When Harold returned to Canada he would not speak of the Great War. He enjoyed spending time at his cottage in Geogian Bay with family and friends. Harold Arbuckle died in 1954.

This account was provided by Harold Arbuckle's relative Lance Hogle.

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