The Cape Breton Highlanders
Carl Dauphine Arnold


Carl Daphne Arnold - 90

Born January 5, 1913 in Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia, son of the late Archdeacon A.F. and Elsie (Dauphine) Arnold.
He served with the Cape Breton Highlanders in the Italian campaign during the Second World War. He continued his career after the war with the militia in Sydney, where he served as commanding officer and continued to be an active member of the Cape Breton Highlanders Association.
He was employed for 31 years with the Nova Scotia Department of Social Services, where he retired as supervisor for Cape Breton Island.

Carl Arnold was devoted to his family and his church. He was a man of the deepest integrity and rightfully earned the respect of all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Evelyn (MacDonald), and sons Canon Fev (Joyce), Douglas (Barbara), and daughter Laurie (Reverend Jack Wainwright). He is also survived by his brother John, Halifax, and sister Dorothy Lewis, PEI. As well, he is survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brother Rt. Reverend George Arnold and granddaughter Sarah Wainwright.

Simply know as "Grandfather", to his grandchildren and their friends, we all love him and miss him very much.

Soldier Inspired Many Others Who Followed

The passing of Brigadier Carl Arnold on Saturday is a loss to the entire Cape Breton community He served his country in war and in peace and amassed a distinguished record in the Cape Breton Highlanders, which he joined on May 19, 1932.

In our book, The Breed of Manly Men: The History of the Cape Breton Highlanders, Ted Slaney and I quote Carl as an example of the Canadian patriotism that existed in 1939. Asked why he answered the call to train for war, he said: “We were asked to go, we left our jobs, went to Victoria Park and started patrolling, guarding and training.”

That sense of duty carried him to the fighting in Italy and Holland and saw him rise to be a company commander. Later, he would command the Cape Breton Highlanders at Victoria Park.

He was an inspiration to all who came after him and he never failed to have a kind word of encouragement and congratulations to the soldiers whenever he visited them at the park or at various parades. We will remember him.


Granville Ferry

Honorary Colonel. The Nova Scotia Highlanders