Rank: Staff Sergeant
Number: S2/015317
Unit: 3 Field Butchery ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Date of Death: 25 December 1916
Age: 29
Cemetery: Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France

At the time of the 1901 Census, Arthur was 14 and already working as a butcher. He lived with his family at 14 Higher Hillgate, Stockport. This is the Crown Inn and was a public house at the time.  Arthur's father was its landlord. In their 60's then, Robert and Elizabeth Matthews would later move to 174 Chatham Street, Edgeley. Living at home were Thomas (31, a weaving overlooker), James (23, barman), Joseph (20, cotton winder), Arthur, Emily (18) and Lilly (16, hat trimmer).  Six year old Sarah Eliza was Robert's granddaughter but it's not known who her parent was.

Arthur served his butchery apprenticeship with Stockport Co-operative Society and, when he was fully trained, he emigrated to America in about 1907. He came back to Britain when war was declared in August 1914 and immediately enlisted. He was fortunate in being able to continue his craft and, by March 1915, he had been promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant, at Aldershot. It's not known when he went overseas on active service.

He died, of natural causes, whilst in a military hospital and is buried in the adjacent Cemetery. A letter home from his comrades said how much he would be missed as he was well liked. His coffin had two wreaths - one from the officers of the company and another from his mates.

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