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Robert Francis Arding

In memory of:

Private Robert Francis Arding

October 23, 1952
South Korea

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Canadian Army Service Corps


Royal Canadian Regiment


Canadian Volunteer Service Medal - Korea.

Additional Information


October 18, 1934
York Township, Ontario

Son of Robert John and Thelma Ruby (née Dixon) Arding, of Toronto, Ontario. Brother of Doris Margaret, Norman Douglas and Lawrence Gerald. He attended Silverthorn Public School, in Toronto, Ontario. Private Arding joined the RCA Service Corps as he was interested in becoming a cook.

Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance.

Commemorated on Page 2 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


South Korea

Grave Reference:

Plot 21, Row 8, Grave 1351


The United Nations Cemetery is located in Tanggok, a suburb of Busan. The land for the cemetery was granted to the United Nations by the Republic of Korea as a tribute to all those who had laid down their lives in combatting aggression and in upholding peace and freedom. There are 2,267 servicemen buried in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Of these 1,538 were Commonwealth soldiers, including 376 Canadians.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Robert Francis Arding– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram October 1952. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial Plaque– This memorial plaque is mounted on the Wall of Remembrance at the Meadowvale Cemetery, in Brampton, Ontario.
  • RCASC Cenotaph
  • Korean War Monument– Ottawa Ontario
  • Korean War Monument– Detail of the Korean War Monument in Ottawa, Ontario.   This features a Canadian soldier, facing toward Busan, Korea, where an identical monument watches over the graves of 378 Canadians in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Accompanying the volunteer are two Korean children, both holding symbols: the girl, a bouquet of maple leaves symbolizing Canada; and the boy, a bouquet of maple leaves and roses of Sharon, the national flower of Korea.
  • Dedicatory Inscription on the Korean War Memorial– Dedication Panel, Korean War Monument Ottawa
  • Inscription– Private ROBERT FRANCIS ARDING, is one of 23 soldiers commemorated on this panel and one of the 516 soldiers whose names appear on the Korean War Monument in Ottawa.  It was erected IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE CANADIAN WHO DIED IN SERVICE DURING THE KOREAN WAR 1950-1953 AND ON KOREAN PEACE KEEPING DUTIES, 1953-1957.  Private ROBERT FRANCIS ARDING died on October 23, 1952, and is buried in the UNITED NATIONS CEMETERY (BUSAN), South Korea.
  • Grave Marker– Grave Marker, UN Cemetery, Busan, Korea, 2013
  • Memorial– Canadian Memorial, UN Cemetery, Busan, Korea, 2013.
Duplicate is in Ottawa, Ontario

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