Sunday, November 24, 2013

30 Days of Remembrance - Day 24 - Arthur Zimmerman

In memory of
Arthur Zimmerman
who died on November 9, 1917 

Military Service:

Service Number: 838216
Force: Army
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 58th Battalion

Additional Information:

Date and Place of Birth: January 6, 1893
Cemetery: BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY; Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference: VIII. I. 115.
Commemorated on Page 355 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

Arthur Zimmerman was born in Wiarton ON, on Jan 6  1893. According to the 1901 census, his parents David Zimmerman and Mary Siep were both of German descent and Arthur and his siblings, Clara and Harvey were raised in the Lutheran faith. Shortly after that census, Mary Siep died and David Zimmerman remarried in 1904, to another German woman, Albertina Schroeder. David and Albertina had 4 children, half siblings to Arthur but it appears they didn't have a close relationship. On his attestation papers in Dec of 1915, Arthur Zimmerman listed his sister Clara as his next of kin.

 The Canada, CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1919 record gives little information about the death Arthur Zimmerman other than he died of wounds at No. 13 General Hospital in Boulogne, France.
I could find no images for Arthur Zimmerman or his burial place but I located a few photos of the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery including this note:

On high ground overlooking the valley in which the town is situated. Boulogne was one of 3 Base ports most extensively used by the British Armies on the Western Front. Records 4696 UK, 438 Canadian, 307 Australian, 74 New Zealand, 38 British West Indies, 15 South African, 4 New Foundland 2 Bermuda and 4 Egyptian burials.

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 Arthur Zimmerman died November 9, 1917

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