Arthur SAYER
Rank: Private
Number: 22157
Unit: 7th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Date of Death: 18 August 1916
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Nothing is known of Arthur's life, except that Regimental records published after the War indicate he had been born in Leeds and was living in Cheadle Heath when he enlisted into the army at Stockport.

It's not known when Arthur went on active service but it may not have been many weeks before he was killed. On 24 July, the Battalion was relieved to a rest camp at Meaulte, a small village two and half miles south of the town of Albert. They stayed there until 18 August.

On that day, they were ordered forward to support another Battalion in an attack on a German position at Maltzhorn Farm. The 10th Royal Welsh Fusiliers captured the position, known to the British as Lonely Trench. The KSLI moved up behind them to consolidate and secure the position. Arthur was one of 41 men from the Battalion, killed in the attack. Two other local men, Edwin Wolstencroft and William Taylor, were also killed.

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