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Object ID # 1955.012.003ab
Object Name Knife, Trench
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Year Range from 1910
Year Range to 1919
Place of Origin Germany
Description One knife with a metal handle in a leather case. German, marked "De Mag Duisburg - Desetzlich - Geschulzt". This is a German military knife (A). It is steel and has a grip that has a double curvation to it. The blade is dagger-like. The dark-coloured leather sheath (B) is likely boiled leather?
Provenance Collected overseas during World War I by Arthur Husband of Kemble, Grey County, Ontario, and brought back to Canada in 1919.

Arthur Clifford Husband served overseas in World War I. He enlisted while studying medicine in Toronto, and went overseas, receiving a commission. After the war he returned to his medical studies, and worked as a fire ranger and trapper the summer before his death. Arthur Husband drowned in the Nipigon River in August of 1920. His death registration reads that his date of death was August 24, 1920. He died at Virgin Falls, Ontario, age 30, 11 mos. He was a medical student.

The Husband family is recorded in the book BEAUTIFUL STONEY KEPPEL (1986), see page 352. Charles Husband had purchased the Kemble blacksmith shop in 1888.
The family is also listed in the 1901 Census of Keppel Township:
They were at Pt. Lot 40, and Lot 41, Concession 19:
Husband, Charles...b. June 9, 1864, age 36, b. Ontario, Methodist, Blacksmith. His wife was Mary Husband, b. May 11, 1866. Their son, Arthur C. Husband was born October 25, 1889 and was then 11 years old. Their daughter Eliza G. Husband was born October 14, 1891 and was 9 years old. A blacksmith apprentice named Wm. G. Grant, age 22, resided with them.

His war-time souvenirs therefore were kept by his father and stepmother for many years.

The first Mrs. Charles Husband was formerly Miss Mary Fraser, of Sydenham Township (daughter of Thomas Fraser). She died not long after her son's death. The second Mrs. Charles Husband was Alice Gilbert, formerly of Lockport, New York.

Collection Armaments Collection
Material Steel/Leather
Found Kemble, Township of Georgian Bluffs, Grey County
People Husband, Charles
Husband, Arthur
Subjects First World War
The Great War

World War I (First World War/The Great War)