Harold Kenneth Hartley
Private Hartley is not listed on either the Victoria Park Cenotaph or the Haltonville Cenotaph. His name appears in references to Milton, thus we have included him on this site for the benefit of others who are researching soldiers associated with the Town of Milton. He is remembered on the Virtual War Memorial and in the Book of Remembrance, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa.
He is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais France, in Grave II. G. 84.
Milton Soldiers (Google Earth).
Private Hartley was born in Milton Ontario on September 11, 1891. At the time he attested he was a married farmer (Hazel) in Bowsman River (Manitoba) however his parent still resided in Milton. He joined the 184th Battalion (Lisgar, Manitoba) on March 7, 1916.
Private Hartley was transferred to the 11th Reserve Battalion in England in November 1916 with subsequent assignment to the 8th Infantry Battalion (2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Division). He was admitted to hospital with measles in December 1916 and released by the New Year. His service record indicates that he died of wounds received in action on April 29, 1917, at the No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station. No further details are given in his records.
In late April 1917 the 8th Infantry Battalion had come off the Battle of Vimy Ridge and was active in the 2nd Battle of the Scarpe and the Attack on the Arleux Loop. In particular, the 8th Battalion was involved at Arleux-En-Gohelle (Nicholson Sketch 40), reported as the only tangible success of the combined British and Canadian operation. Nicholson records that the 8th Battalion, attacking over a low rise into Arleux, was hit by considerable machine gun fire from the village and woods to the south. Private Hartley was one of the 1,000 or more casualties of this offensive. The Germans “backed off” and the Canadians now had a small salient established, 400 yards from the enemy’s next line of defence.
The War Diary provides the direction for the attack on the Arleux Loop by the 8th Battalion in April 1917.
The war diary reports on the night of the 29th that there were 50 regular soldiers (not officers) killed, 200 wounded and 50 missing. Private Hartley was one of those men wounded that apparently died later in the No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station.
The action of the 8th Infantry Battalion during the period of late April 1917 is one of those that is written of in great detail in the unit war diary, which you will find at these links: Page 1; Page 2; Page 3; Page 4; and Page 5.