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Arthur Joseph Sudds
Pte. Arthur Joseph Sudds, only son of Mrs. Arthur Sudds, 143 Nelson St., was one of the first Brantfordites in June, 1940, to enlist with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. Later he was transferred to the 1st Battalion, Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles of Canada. He was at the time of his entry into the army not yet 17. Before he had come of age, he had lost his life in action in Italy, killed on September 24, 1944. It was on the date of his 21st birthday, October 5, that his mother received the news of his death. After training at Niagara Falls, Nanaimo, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, he was with the Toronto Scottish Regiment and finally with the Westminster Mortar Troop. He continued training in England and saw battle action in Sicily before the campaign moved on to Italy. An enthusiastic musician, Pte. Sudds had followed this interest in his army life and was in the "Duffs" band as a tenor drummer. At one time, his officer, Major R. A. Kenwood, wrote to Mrs. Sudds commenting on her son's generosity with his talent and praising his interest in the band. Before moving to Brantford, the young soldier attended Jarvis Street Collegiate Institute in Toronto and he continued his education at the local Collegiate Institute. He left his classroom to go into the army. He attended St. Basil's Church here. When in Toronto he served for seven years as an altar boy at St. Peter's Church.