Arthur SPOONER
Rank: Private
Number: 29237
Unit: 9th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Date of Death: 10 April 1918
Age: 19
Cemetery: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Sanchez, Pas de Calais

Arthur was 2 when the census was taken in the spring of 1901. He was living at 38 Elizabeth Street, Stockport with his parents, George and Frances. He had a brother, possibly a twin, called George and a 1 month old sister, Frances.

Arthur was conscripted into the army when he became 18 and was assigned to a Training Reserve Battalion and was given a service number - 17342. When he had completed his training, he was re-assigned to the North Lancashires and given a new number.

Regimental records published after the War note that Arthur "died". This is a designation which usually indicates a death from natural causes or accident unrelated to combat (as opposed to "died of wounds" or "killed in action"). There is no information as to cause of death, but many lives were lost in 1918 due to a world wide epidemic of influenza.

The section of the Cemetery where Arthur is buried was created after the War when a number of small burial areas where closed as the land was returned to civilian use.

   
           
   
     
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