Arthur Jordan

Regimental number: 
Unit at enlistment: 
84th Battalion
Volunteered or conscripted: 
Survived the war: 
Date of death: 
October 29th, 1917
Menin Gate Memorial - Ypres, Belgium - Panel 32
Commemorated at: 
Sons of England Memorial Plaque
Birth country: 
Birth county: 
North Yorkshire
Birth city: 
Address at enlistment: 
52 Ontario Street, Brantford, Ontario
Next of kin address: 
52 Ontario Street, Brantford, Ontario
Trade or calling: 
Massey-Harris Co.
Religious denominations: 
Salvation Army
Marital status: 
Age at enlistment: 

Letters and documents

Circumstances of Casualty: Killed in Action. On the 29th October 1917, he was on duty with a pack train party leading a mule loaded with ammunition towards the front line. As they were proceeding along the Zonnebeke Road, and when about 200 yards from the point where the road, crosses the Ypres-Roulers Railway, an enemy shell exploded nearby, and Private Jordan was instantly killed at about 5 o’clock in the evening.

BX November 21, 1917

Private Arthur Jordan, Killed in Action

Private Arthur Jordan, late of the 84th Battalion, has been killed in action. The first intimation his wife, who resides at 52 Ontario Street, had of his death, was contained in a letter of condolence and sympathy sent to her by his comrades in the machine gun section, of which he was a member. Private Jordan was killed almost instantly while taking ammunition to the guns on October 29. Before enlisting he was a prominent member of the Salvation Army. The letter which Mrs. Jordan received was as follows:

It is with deepest regret and heartfelt sympathy for yourself and the children that we, the chums of your dear husband, convey to you our admiration for his gallantry and cheerfulness in the midst of danger. He was admired by all the transport section always, cheerful, and one who set an example of the life that is worthwhile to his companions by his true characteristics of manhood. He was struck by shrapnel whilst taking ammunition to the guns, and passed away to his Heavenly Home 16 minutes later, never regaining consciousness, the time being approximately 6.30 in the evening, October 29, 1917. His last resting place is marked by a substantial cross, showing the date and year on which he gave up his life for peace and liberty, paying the price by his life for humanity and rightfulness. We all realize the sadness and grief which has shadowed your home, and may the peace that passeth all understanding rest with you and your children through the days that are to come. In conclusion we one and all wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and yours in this your hour of bereavement. 

Yours very sincerely,
Members of 16th C.M.G. Company,

BX September 17, 1917

Saw Pictures of Brantford In Y.M.C.A. Recreation Hut in France, Writes Pte. A. Jordan

Interesting pictures of the Brantford which he had left two years ago were seen by Pte. Arthur Jordan recently in a Y.M.C.A. recreation tent in France. He tells of these in the following letter to The Expositor.

Just a few lines for the benefit of those at home to let them know that we get a few changes over here. I will just give you one of them which I had the privilege of seeing today. You all know that the Y.M.C.A. has tents over here, and it was at one of them just a short distance from the firing line that I saw some pictures of ‘Home sweet home.’  Amongst them was the Bell Homestead, the Mohawk Church, the 125th Battalion, the town band, and the Brantford armories where, just two years ago I enlisted. I can tell you they looked good to me. The last was the fine new post office which I am sure is a credit to every Brantfordite. You will see that it is not ‘all work and no play’ after all. Although it makes one think a lot to see them, we just remember that we are over here not for our own benefit only but for a good cause which I feel sure in the near future shall win its reward. For we know that God is on our side, and although it may seem long to you all at home, cheer up and get the bells ready and the whistles for the train to stop at the next station – Brantford.