Rank: Private
Number: 267917
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 10 February 1917
Age: 22
Cemetery: Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

Arthur was born in Hazel Grove, the eldest son of Jessie and Matthew. After the war, Jessie and her daughter, Minnie, were living at 83 Crosby Street, Shaw Heath. It is understood that Matthew had died by that time. In his earlier years, Arthur attended St George’s Sunday School. He enlisted into the local Territorial Battalion at Stockport.

After a period in reserve, the Cheshire’s moved back into the front line on 9 February 1917, at Wieltje, to the east of Ypres (now Ieper). The next day, their trench was hit by an enemy shell. Arthur and Charles McClellan were killed. Another 10 were wounded, including Alf Ball.

Arthur’s platoon officer wrote to the family “Pte Arnold was killed during a heavy bombardment on the Saturday afternoon. He was on sentry duty in the trench when he was hit on the head with a piece of shrapnel, being rendered unconscious and dying a painless death shortly afterwards. I have been his platoon commander for the past few weeks and have known him to be a good and cheerful worker. He will be missed by all his comrades.”

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