Rank: Private
Number: 145459
Date of Death: 29 February 1920
Age: 28
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

Arthur came from a large family in Sale. His father, James, earned his living, unenviably, as a nightsoil man. In 1901, when the Census was taken, the family was living at 1 Moor Nook. The children were William (then 16), Charles (14), Mary (12), Annie 10), Arthur (9), Nellie (5) and Alice (8 months).

By the time of the Great War, Arthur was certainly living in the Stockport area and had married Bertha. They may have lived at 46 Shawcross Street (where Bertha was known to be living in the 1920s. Arthur joined the army in mid-q1916 and was assigned to the Cheshire Regiment (service number 44129). It is not known when he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps.

The War Graves Commission does not record with which unit of the Corps Arthur fought and this, coupled with his death over a year after the War ended, suggests he had been discharged from the Army by the time he died. He is known to have died from an illness and his inclusion in the Commission's Debt of Honour Register means that the illness must have been contracted as a direct consequence of his War service.

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