Arthur HOLLAND
Rank: Private
Number: 36411
Unit: 16th Battalion ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 September 1918
Age:
Cemetery: Favreuil British Cemetery, Pas Calais, France

Nothing is known of Arthur's early life, except that he had been born in the Stockport area. He was married, with two children, and lived at 1A Fountain Street and worked for Armstrong, Whitworth & Co in Openshaw, Manchester.

It was not until October 1917 that Arthur joined the army as a conscript. Armstrong, Whitworth was a major engineering company and, at its Openshaw factory, produced ordnance for the army. His work may have prevented Arthur from enlisting earlier. He was originally assigned to the Royal Field Artillery (service number 245017) but was transferred to the Warwicks before going on active service.

Arthur spent most of his last day resting in the reserve positions, prior to moving up to the front line to attack the next day. On the road at 8.30pm, the Battalion was bombed by German aircraft. Eight or ten bombs fell amongst "D" Company causing about 80 casualties. Arthur and William Walker, another local man whose service number indicates he joined the Warwicks at the same time, were amongst the dead.

   
           
   
     
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