Arthur WOOD
Rank: Private
Number: 277241
Unit: 2nd Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 2 October 1918
Age:
Cemetery: Joncourt East British Cemetery, Aisne, France

Nothing is known of Arthur's early life, except he had been born in the Stockport area. In 1913, he married his fiancée, Mary Rebecca Renton, at the Wycliffe Chapel on Wellington Road North.

Arthur's service number is one associated with the Regiment's 7th Battalion - one of its Territorial units. The original distinctions between regular army, territorial or wartime duration "service" battalions quickly became irrelevant and men were simply posted where they were most needed. Six-digit numbers were not issued before the beginning of 1917 and it can be assumed that Arthur will not have been on active service before then. There were two Battalions designated as the 7th - the 1/7th and 2/7th and it was probably to the latter that Arthur was assigned. This was disbanded in July 1918 and this likely to be the explanation for him being transferred to the 2nd Battalion.

Arthur would be killed in some of the final fighting which broke through the German's defensive "Hindenberg Line". The attack was launched on 1 October and is described in the Regimental History. "The 2nd Manchesters attacked with great gallantry and was assisted by four tanks.....The Battalion broke through the Beaurevoir-Fonsomme Line and after stiff hand-to-hand fighting, cleared the line from Swiss Cottage to a point 1400 yards south of it, capturing 210 prisoners."

The Germans made repeated counter-attacks during the night but the Battalion was able to drive them off. Sometime during the night, Arthur was killed.

Mary died the following year, aged 34 and it was left to her father, Samuel Renton, 82 Llloyd Street, Heaton Norris, to make arrangements for him to be commemorated on the local War Memorial. He is also listed as Arthur's nearest relative by the War Graves Commission.

   
           
   
     
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