Arthur Nunn had been born at Bury Street, Bury St Edmonds, the son of William and Ellen Nunn and is recorded as living there when he joined the army. The 1901 Census records the family living at 61 Guildhall Street and Arthur was earning his living as a grocer’s assistant.
His service number suggests he enlisted into the army fairly early in the War, perhaps in late 1914. However, 112th Siege Battery did not go on active service until 11 June 1916. Just before going overseas, Arthur married his fiancée, Alice Davenport. The ceremony took place at All Saints Church, Cheadle Hulme and, afterwards, Alice returned to her parents’ home at nearby Stringer’s Farm.
The heavy calibre guns of Siege Batteries were located some way behind the front line and were used to batter enemy defences. 112th Battery was equipped with four 62 howitzers, capable of throwing its 54kg shells over a distance of over 10 kilometres. On 14 May 1917, Arthur’s Battery was near the village of Wancourt, some 10 kilometres south east of the town of Arras. The Battery’s War Diary records that there was “heavy hostile fire in vicinity of Battery position. Direct hit completely wrecked Battery Command Post, killing 2nd Lt. W Muggridge, 92038 Gnr Nunn, A A W, & 87970 Gunner Daniels and seventy wounded.”
All three would have originally been buried very close to the Battery position but, after the War, these small cemeteries were closed. Arthur’s body was re-interred at Tilloy, some 3 kilometres from Arras. His gravestone is inscribed “Peace, perfect peace”. Buried next to him is James Daniels and, a few yards away, is William Muggridge.
(Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)