Private A. W. Chesnut
SAC 1902-1907

#475462 Private Arthur Willoughby Chesnut was born on January 28, 1890 in Toronto, Ontario, the son of David George and Marie Chesnut, later of Orillia, Ontario. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1902-1907.

From 1907 to 1910 he studied Applied Science at the University of Toronto, where he was a member of Theta Delta Chi and received his B.A.Sc. (Mech Eng) in 1915. After university he worked for the Foundation Co. of New York and became a mechanical engineer at North Transcona.

At the age of 25 years and 8 months, he enlisted on October 9, 1915 in the 4th University Company of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). In the spring of 1916 he joined the battalion in France and served through the battle of Zillebeke.

On July 2nd, 1916 he was severely wounded in the knee while engaged in close fighting in the trench. For some time he was in hospital, after which he was sent to Shorncliffe, Kent, England. It was intended that he should return to Canada to receive a commission but soon afterward he was taken ill and died of pneumonia on September 5th, 1916 at the age of  26. Chesnut is buried in Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Kent, England (Grave Reference: T.434).

  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for Arthur Chesnut. There is also a link to his commemoration on Page 66 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
  • Scanned Copy of Attestation Paper - Back