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Arnold Hugh Sandwell (1892 - 1940)

Arnold Hugh Sandwell
Born in New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, United Statesmap
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Died in Montreal, Quebec, Canadamap
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Arnold Hugh was born on t he 3rd September 1892 at New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, United States. He was the son of George Henry Sandwell[1] and Emily Sandwell.

Arnold Hugh, formerly of London, England married Helen Bruce Bower, formerly of Midmell near Dundee on the 6th December 1913 at the American Presbytarian Church, Montreal, Canada[2]

He passed away on the 10th March 1940 and was buried at Cimetière Mont-Royal Outremont, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada[3].


"Arnold Sandwell dies in 48th year - Airman of Last War Was Widely Known Writer and Lecturer- SUCCUMBS TO OPERATION- Montreal Newspaperman's Death Followed Illness of Only a Week - Had Just Ended Lecture Series-

Flight Commander Arnold Hugh Sandwell, widely known writer and lecturer on aviation, died suddenly at western division of Montreal General Hospital yesterday {10th March 1940}, eight days after he had undergone an emergency operation for peritonitis. He was in his 48th year.

An American by birth, Mr. Sandwell was a son of the late Rev, George Henry Sandwell, at one time a congregational minister at Toronto, and earned his flying rank in the last war.

He was born in New Britain, Conn., where his father was serving as minister at the time, and was educated at various schools in England.

Returning to this continent in 1907, he entered the journalistic field in Montreal and served on the editorial staffs of the Montreal Daily Herald and the Montreal Daily Star until 1915 when he enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service.

While on submarine patrol off the Belgian coast, his plane was shot down by enemy guns and he narrowly escaped death.Unwounded, however, he managed to get back to his base.

When demobilization came he returned again to Canada to take up farming at Invernere B.C., where he remained for 10 years.

Flight Comm Sandwell returned to Montreal in 1929 and joined the head office staff of the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, with which firm he remained until his death.


Although Commander Sandwell maintained his interest in aviation more or less as a hobby, it was in his capacity as an authority on this subject that he was best known.

An able writer, he was the author of an interesting descriptive work on Canadian aviation, called "Planes Over Canada" published by Thomas Nelson and son in 1938 and his weekly aviation column in the Montreal Star was widely read.

Besides his journalistic work, he was active as a lecturer and only recently had completed a series of lectures on aviation at the Mechanics Institute of Montreal.

He also did a considerable amount of broadcasting latterly in connection with aviation events.

Surviving are his widow, the former Helen Bruce Bower; one son: Bernard D. Sandwell of Toronto; a daughter, Dominica, of Montreal, one brother, Bernard K. Sandwell, noted Canadian editor and author, and a sister Mrs. Watson Shields, residing in London, Eng.

Funeral arrangements will be completed today."[1]


  1. Bernard Sandwell b. abt. 1915 USA
  2. Dominica Sandwell b. abt. 1919 USA


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Gazette Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada 11 Mar 1940, Page 14" Available at Accessed 17th July 2019
  2. "Dundee People's Journal 24 January 1914" Pg. 14 Column 6. Image available at FindMyPast Accessed 17th July 2019
  3. FindAGrave Accessed 17th July 2019

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