Cpl. David MacArthur, veteran
Born in Port Elgin to John MacArthur and Mary McLeod, David MacArthur was the ninth of 10 children. He grew up farming until he heard of work in Niagara Falls. He packed his work boots into his 1930 model A coupe and soon was hired there by the Dominion Chain company. He worked for that company for 40 years, until he retired in 1982.
He spent three years overseas with the Army in the Second World War, serving in England, Italy and Germany. He was a driver with the land transport unit and supplied ammunition to the front lines. At the end of the war, he transported defeated German soldiers back to Germany.
Upon returning from overseas, he married Edna Prasuyan and they had three children. He built his own house, which included digging the foundation by hand and making cement blocks for the foundation. He also did the framing, plumbing, electrical and roofing.
The family moved to Stratford when Dominion Chain relocated in 1965, and lived at 20 McDonald St. After his retirement, he volunteered with the Meals on Wheels program for 25 years, until age 90. He died in 2021, the year of his 104th birthday. Source: Beacon Herald Obituary
* David was honoured in 2021 with a banner on a Stratford lamppost during the month preceding Remembrance Day (see Banner Day).