Private 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. Arthur Jordan and his wife resided in Milton for some time. He is remembered on the Virtual War Memorial and in the Book of Remembrance, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa.
Private Jordan’s body was not recovered. His name, like many other at that time, is engraved on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres (Ipres) Belgium.
Milton Soldiers on the Menin Gate Memorial (Google Earth).
Private Jordan initially attested to the 84th Infantry Battalion CEF, as shown by his regimental number. It is reported that he lived in Milton at some time, however he reported his wife Lizzie was living in Brantford when he attested on September 15, 1915.
The 84th was broken up and absorbed by the 51st Battalion, which provided Garrison Duty in the UK. Arthur’s records show he passed through the 75th on his way to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre (CCAC – medical) then 1st Depot Battalion, prior to reversing his path back through the 84th to the 75th, at which time he shipped off to France late November/December 1916.OIn January 2, 1917 he was taken-on-strength to the 16th Canadian Machine Gun Company of the 4th Canadian Division.
Private Jordan was reported KIA on October 29, 1917 at which time the CEF was fighting the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele – Slaughter in the Mud). Private Jordan is one of few Privates ever recorded killed in action and buried in the unit war diary (see notice here).
We must presume that the burial ground was later destroyed in the battle and his body was never recovered. The grave of Lt. Leo Gauvreau, who was killed that day and buried with Private Jordan, was later moved to Dochy Farm New British Cemetery.
The war diary of October 29th refers to the death. The unit was providing “indirect machine gun fire” to fend off German attacks on the Canadian infantry at this time. The picture from Library and Archives Canada (click on image to enlarge) tells the story of the life and times of the 16th Machine Gun Company far better than any words!