Arthur CATLOW
Rank: Private
Number: 9570
Unit: 10th Battalion LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 5 July 1916
Age:
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Nothing is known of Arthur's life, except that regimental records, published after the War, show he had been born in Manchester and enlisted into the Army in Stockport. His service number suggests his enlistment was in the autumn of 1914 and he will have gone overseas with the newly formed 10th Battalion in the summer of 1915.

The Battle of the Somme had opened on 1 July 1916, but Arthur and his mates were not in action that day. They were held in reserve and were resting near the village of Morlancourt until the 3rd when they took over captured German trenches, north of Fricourt. Next to them was a battalion of Northumberland Fusiliers

At 12.15am on Wednesday 5 July, the British artillery opened a bombardment on the enemy positions known as Quadrangle Trench. Under cover of the bombardment, and helped by the rain and darkness, the Fusiliers crept out of their trenches and made their way across No Man's Land until they were within 100 yards of the Germans. At 12.45, exactly on schedule, the shelling stopped and the men from both Battalions charged the enemy trench. Within an hour, Quadrangle Trench and Shelter Alley had been captured. There had been relatively little resistance, except from the left where they had been met by rifle and machine gun fire. Ernest was one of 15 men to have been killed.

   
           
   
     
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