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Born: 1890, Shipley
Died: 14 February 1918
Buried: Dar Es Salaam Military Cemetery
Address: Laburnam Cottage, Baildon Green
Parents: Thomas & Elizabeth Ann
Siblings: Grace, Frank
Occupation: Mohair Yarn Spinners’ Clerk
Rank: Lieut
Medals/awards: Military Cross
Rolls of Honour:
Regiment: East African Intelligence Dept
Arthur Church
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Arthur was born in 1890 the son of Wesleyan Home Minister, Thomas Church, and his wife Elizabeth Ann. Thomas died when Arthur was still a young boy and he and his siblings were largely raised by Elizabeth. In 1911 she, Arthur and his sister Grace, plus two lodgers, were living at Norwood Avenue, Shipley, and 21-year-old Arthur was described as a mohair yarn spinners’ clerk, On 15 March 1918, the Shipley Times & Express reported:
“It is with regret we learn of the death in British East Africa of Lieut Arthur Church, Intelligence Dept, Kilwa B.EA., son of Mrs Elizabeth Church, Laburnam Cottage, Baildon Green, who died in Nairobi from black water fever. “He was in East Africa when the war broke out and he quickly joined the forces. He has done great work, nobly and well, having won the Military Cross for bravery. “For many years he was with C F Taylor & Co.”
On 5 July, the paper reported: “Mrs Church of Laburnam Cottage, Baildon Green, mother of the late Lieut Arthur Church of the Intelligence Department, British East Africa, has received the Military Cross awarded him for conspicuous work and devotion to duty. “In a letter accompanying the decoration regret is expressed by the Secretary of State that this gallant officer, who gave his life for his country, did not survive to receive his reward from the hands of his Majesty the King.”