Arthur HOLT
Rank: Private
Number: S/10884
Unit: 1st Battalion GORDON HIGHLANDERS
Date of Death: 18 June 1917
Age: 27
Cemetery: Cheadle & Gatley Cemetery

Arthur Holt lived with his wife, Elizabeth, daughter, Mabel aged 4 and a baby son, born in 1916 and named after his father. Their home was at 12 Andrew Street, Cheadle. His parents lived a few minutes away at 113 Stockport Road, Cheadle Heath. Before the war, he had worked as a finisher at Clay’s Bleachworks. In his spare time, he played with Cheadle Brass Band.

He enlisted in May 1915, in Manchester, and went to the front in September. He probably joined the Battalion as part of the replacements for the very heavy losses suffered, on 25 September, on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He would not see major action, the next few weeks being spent alternating between tours of duty in the front line trenches and periods in reserve undertaking training. January 1916 was spent in the Reninghelst area of Belgium with the pattern of duty continuing. This was a quiet month, spent on route marches and laying communication cable when away from the front line. During the time in the trenches, there was some regular shelling by the enemy and Arthur was wounded and invalided home. He suffered from chronic neuritis and Brights Disease.  Later, he contracted tuberculosis and it was from this and heart failure that he died, whilst a patient in a Blackpool hospital.

He was buried with full military honours on 23 June 1917. A firing party from the military camp at Handforth fired three volleys over the grave and buglers sounded the “Last Post”. 

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