Monday, March 8, 2010

Big Jack And Little Alf

As many will fund in time I have a weird sense of humour, and things other than "serious" research will catch my eye. Things like this photo that appeared in "The London Free Press" on  August 26, 1914. A photo of John MacArthur and Alfred Sarles the tallest and shortest London recruits.

John MacArthur is a mystery man. I have not been able to find his attestation papers. Not an unusual occurance. If nothing else it gives me a mystery to solve. When I have the answer I will blog it in the future.

Alfred James Sarles 30607 was born to Frederick Robert and Martha Matilda Sarles June 27, 1886 in Dorking, County of Surrey, England (Attestation papers). He died in France February 8, 1919, and is buried in the Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. At his death he was a Sergeant in the Canadian Army Service Corps, No.1 Canadian Depot Unit of Supply. In the article from the London Free Press it states that he barely squeezed by the minimum height requirement of 5’3”: however, his attestation papers has him at 5’5” tall. In 1914 that is not squeezing by but instead blowing by the minimum height requirement. By 1917 the Canadian Corp was not so picky.

1 comment:

  1. I think MacArthur is John Colin MacArthur, Reg # 30366. He is listed in the database as McArthur but he signed his name as MacArthur. He is 6 ft 4 1/2 inches tall.