Arthur ECCLES
Rank: Private
Number: 75059
Unit: 12/13th Battalion NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 27 September 1918
Age: 23 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Arthur was born in Poynton and was living in the village when the census was taken in 1901. He was living at Dale House Fold with his seven brothers and sisters – all older than him; his sister Mary the eldest at 20. There is no mention of their parents. At some point, he moved to live in Hazel Grove.

His service number is not an early one and he was probably conscripted into the army sometime after the middle of 1916.

The Battalion’s records for September 1918 contain scant detail but the day Arthur was killed saw the start of a major British attack near the French town of Cambrai. At the southern end of the battle zone was the village of Gouzeaucourt and this is from where the Fusiliers would attack at 7.52am on the 27th. They quickly captured their objective and held it for most of the day but, in the evening, there was a strong enemy counter-attack and they were forced to withdraw. 37 men had been killed, including Arthur. His body was never recovered and identified.

Further information about Arthur can be found in the book “Hazel Grove to Armageddon” by John Eaton.

   
           
   
     
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