ARTHUR WRIGHT 

Rank: Private
Service Number: 9653.
Regiment: 1st Bn. Cheshire Regiment Died of wounds Monday 12th June 1916 Age 19County Memorial Stockport
Commemorated\Buried FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS
Grave\Panel Ref: N/A
France

Arthur was born in the parish of St George's C of E Church, Stockport in 1896, he was one of ten children of Andrew and Ellen Wright. In 1901 the family lived at 6 Marple View, Stockport. Andrew was working as a Hatter, Arthur age 5 had an elder brother Andrew age 7 and two younger brothers William age 3 and John age 1. By 1911 the family were living at 40 Bramwell Street, Stockport. Arthur like his father and elder brother Andrew were working as Felt Hatters

His low service number suggests he may have been a regular soldier, however the 1st battalion Cheshire Regiment were in Londonderry when war was declared on the 4th August 1914, they were immediately mobilized and sailed from Belfast docks on the 14th arriving in Le Havre at 4pm on the 16th. Arthur’s medal index card shows he arrived in France on the 18th December 1914 and the war diary shows that on the 24th December 6 officers and 444 NCO’s and men joined the battalion while they were in the trenches at Wulverghan.

In 1915 Arthur would see action in The Second Battle of Ypres and the capture of Hill 60, and in March 1916 1st battalion took over a sector in the front line in the southern edge of Vimy Ridge near Arras.

On Monday, 12 June 1916, the 1st Cheshire’s 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. Arthur died very soon after being wounded at the 14th Field Ambulance, close to where it happened and where he would have been receiving emergency treatment from the Battalion's Medical Officer. He would have been buried very near to the Post, after the War his body would have been moved to the major cemetery at Arras.