Arthur WRIGHT
Rank: Private
Number: 9653
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 12 June 1916
Age: 19
Cemetery: Fauborg d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France

Arthur was born in the parish of St George's C of E Church, Stockport, the son of Andrew and Ellen Wright, 125 Grenville Street, Edgeley.

Nothing is known of his private life, except that his low service number suggests he may have been a regular soldier. However, a man of this name is commemorated on a Memorial to the employees of the Midland Railway Company who worked at the Heaton Mersey locomotive depot.

On Monday, 12 June 1916, the 1st Cheshires were in trenches near the French town of Arras. The War Diary records "One man killed, 2 died of wounds and 1 wounded during the night of 11 /12 June, whilst with wiring party. Enemy artillery active during day; especially round the crater. One man killed & 6 wounded. Enemy was silenced in the afternoon by 50 rounds rapid fire from the artillery." Arthur was with the wiring party who were out in No Man's Land repairing the barbed wire defences and was one of the two who died of wounds. For it to be recorded in the Diary, Arthur must have died very soon after being wounded and close to where it happened. This was probably at the Regimental Aid Post where he would have been receiving emergency treatment from the Battalion's Medical Officer. He would have been buried very near to the Post and, after the War, his body would have been moved to the major cemetery at Arras.

   
           
   
     
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