Private Hadley’s name appears on the Haltonville Cenotaph.
Private Arthur Hadley is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, a chief port and hospital area. Grave VIII A. 64
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Private Arthur Hadley lists his mother as his next-of-kin from Moffat, Halton County, Ontario. He enlisted as an “Original” in the 1st Infantry Battalion on September 15, 1914, leaving for England on October 3, 1914.
He probably survived the Battles and Gas Attacks of Ypres, but on April 2, 1915 he was admitted to the No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance with Influenza, but was soon discharged. On May 26, 1915 he was admitted to the No. 13 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne with serious head and right leg wounds. Medical reports state the wounds “were dirty” and were showing “gas bubbles” (probably gas gangrene). He died of these wounds on June 2, 1915, most likely due to the infection.
The war diary of May 25, 1915 shows the 1st Battalion heavily involved in the Battle of Festubert and Givenchy (see Nicholson Map 2), in support of the British Offensive south of Ypres, north of Lens. The war diary entries for the days prior to and after the location sketch are shown here for May 24th and here for May 26th. They had just moved out of the old British Trenches to occupy the old German Trenches.
There are no reports to indicate exactly how Private Hadley was injured, however the nature of the injuries would suggest an artillery shell as the likely cause.