Arthur Hamilton ‘Buster’ Clouston,

Son of Robert Clouston and Edith St. J. Clouston, Buster was born December 24 1889 in Wildwood Wisconsin. Buster. attended Summerland’s Okanagan College. In November 1914 Buster was offered a job in San Francisco but within a year Buster returned to Summerland. He was recruited by Lance Corporal G.D. Marson in May 1916 He initially enlisted with the 11th Canadian Mounted Rifles. Buster became a Corporal in the 47th Battalion and later the 7th Battalion. Sometimes in France some of the Summerland ‘boys’ would get together. Keith Elliott wrote to his parents of such a gathering. “In the group were, to use the more familiar names, Buster Clouston, Billy Angove, Frank Hayward and Punch Elliott. In France ‘Punch’ has been converted to ‘Peach’ because of the many stories he tells his comrades of the wonderful peaches grown in Summerland.” Buster wrote a lengthy letter home in March 1917. He wrote thanking the Home Comfort Club and added: “certainly you ladies know just what a soldier needs, although I am still dubious about the ‘Infants Delight’ soap. I want to impress upon you the fact that I have had a birthday since I left Summerland last May, and also that I have aged wonderfully. The garments for protection from the little fellows are wonderful. As soon as I received them I put them on and paraded around the billets to show the boys. I even wanted to parade to the captain, but the boys convinced me that if I did he would confiscate them, and he is larger than I am and would probably split them, so I desisted and have been happy ever since. Summerland is well represented in this battalion. Our contingent consists of Bert Nelson, Shorty Marson, Roddie Munroe, Ernie Smith, F.R. Walker and myself. We run into one another every now and then. We are out for a rest and were fortunate enough to be out for both Christmas and New Year. None of the boys seem very sorry over the fact that we didn’t spend the holidays in the trenches. A few days ago we had quite a severe rain, and in consequence our billet was surrounded with water four feet deep. Our meals were brought to us by a pontoon. We didn’t have any ferry boat tickets good on this line so we had to stay in our hay loff for three days. I offered the ferryman a ticket good on the boats between Oakland and San Francisco but I couldn’t corrupt him. Shortly before leaving England I ran into Roy Stevens and his father, also Joe Graham, Jennings Vanderburg and Bill Angove. Hardly knew Bill Angove, he is as big as a house. Please thank the Home Comfort Club for me. The club is surely well-named.  While servinf with the Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment), 7th Battalion at the age of 27, Buster was killed in action on November 10th 1917. He is buried at Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial (Panel 18-28-30). (R# 227640)