Arthur Edwin Baggs, Kew Gardens staff, died 1st March 1917
Private Arthur Edwin Baggs, service number 129662, 72nd Battalion Canadian Infantry (Canadian Seaforth Highlanders), died on active service in France on 1st March 1917, aged 28.
He is recorded on the Vimy Memorial to the 60,000 Canadians who died in the First World War.
Baggs appears to be one of 11,000 Canadians from WW1 have no known grave.
Many of them died in the fight for Vimy Ridge during the Battle of Arras the month after Baggs died.
It appears that Baggs’ Battalion conducted a trench raid on 1st March 1917, the day Baggs died.
Arthur was the son of Edwin and Louisa Mary Baggs, of 3605, Knight Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
He entered Kew in 1909. Listed as an Old Kewite on active service, Baggs returned to Canada when he left Kew in April 1911.
Remembering Arthur Baggs and the Kew Gardens staff who died in WW1 and the many Canadian troops remembered on the Vimy Memorial.
Blogposted by Mark Norris, World War Zoo Gardens project, Newbury Zoo.