Arthur LAMB
Rank: Private
Number: 40309
Unit: 2nd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment
Date of Death: 18 July 1917
Age: 32
Cemetery: Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

Arthur Lamb was the son of John and Isabella Lamb. At the time of the 1901 Census, the family was living in four rooms at 184 Stockport Road, Cheadle. Apart from his parents, Arthur lived there with his four brothers and two sisters. At the time, Arthur, his father, and two older brothers were all working at one of the local dyeworks - most probably Clay's. He was probably still working there when he enlisted at Stockport.

The beginning of July 1917 found the Battalion in billets at Cuhem, in northern France where, for several days, it undertook training. On 9 July, they moved by bus to near Poperinghe in Belgium and then marched to positions east of Ypres at Railway Wood. Their task for the next few days would be to provide working parties for the Royal Engineers 177th Tunnelling Company.

The Battalion War Diary records little of note over the following days. The weather was very changeable with several days being fine summer weather, but then turning to heavy rain. On a daily basis, men were recorded to have been wounded and, on occasion, to have been killed. Most of these will have been killed by enemy shellfire. On the 18th, no-one is reported to have been killed, although one man is reported wounded. This was probably Arthur. He will have been evacuated from the trenches to a Dressing Station which operated in a cottage next to where he is buried. Presumably, his wounds were too severe for anything to be done for him.

(Note: Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

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