Source: Per record of promotion for William Moggach, reg. no. 675576.
Originally attested under regimental number 1288904 at Valcartier, Quebec on September 22, 1914. Reason for his rejection from this enlistment unknown.
Lost Eye and Part of Nose
Mr. Frank Riley of Goderich has had the following letter from his son, Sergt. A. Riley, No. 53962, of the 18th Battalion Canadian, who was recently wounded. He is in Ward A 6, South General Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, and writes undee [sic] date April 10th:
My Dear Dad,– Just a few lines to say at last I have landed at Blighty. a pretty bad one at through the face, and sorry to say my loss is one eye and three parts of my nose. I have got about twenty stitches in my head. Believe me it does feel out of the way with one eye, but I suppose I will get used to it in time. I happened to get it April Fools Day. I guess he fooled me alright. Well, dad,, How are you going on? Have you got home yet? I had a visit from Amy and cousin Mary to-day. Lucky I got so close to them. Well, Dad, I will right more when I feel a little better. Give my love to all at home. Please let Frank know.
Your loving son.
Source: The Wingham Advance, 1918-05-09, Page 1.
News of Happenings in the County and District
Sergt. Arthur Riley, son of Mr. Frank Riley of Goderich, died at the Military hospital, Toronto on Thursday and was buried with military honours at Goderich on Sunday. Sergt. Riley went overseas with the 18th Battalion and was wounded in April of 1918. He had been in hospital ever since, coming to Canada six months ago. He has been in the Toronto hospital since about Christmas time.