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Born: 7 July 1891, Batley
Died: 20 August 1916
Buried: Foncquevillers Military Cemetery
Address: 94 Wharncliffe Drive, Eccleshill
Parents: Charles & Ada, nee Medley
Siblings: Amy, Etty, Charles, John Edward
Occupation: John Pilley and Sons, Union Mills, Eccleshill
Rank: L Cpl
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park and St Luke’s
Regiment: 8 Duke of Wellington’s
Arthur Firth
Arthur Firth was born on the 7th July 1891 in Batley, the son of Charles and Ada, nee Medley. In 1891 Charles and Ada were living on Bradford Road, Gomersal and two children had been born to them, Amy in 1885 and Etty in 1886. Arthur was born later that summer. Two more children were born whilst the family were living in Yeadon, Charles in 1896 and John Edward in 1898. but by 1901 the family were living in Oakworth. The family finally settled in Eccleshill and in 1911 were living at 94 Wharncliffe Drive. Charles
is now working as a weaving overlooker and Arthur at 20 years is employed in the cloth weaving shed of Messrs John Pilley and Sons, Union Mill, Eccleshill. Arthur enlisted in August 1914 as Private 13202 of the 8th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment). The Battalion sailed from Liverpool in July 1915 for Gallipoli arriving in Suvla Bay on the 7th of August 1915. Soon after arrival Arthur was
wounded in the side by a bullet and he was sent home to recover. At Christmas 1915 he received a parcel from John Pilley and Sons, containing tobacco and cigarettes, chocolate, handkerchiefs, socks and mittens. Arthur was returned to the Western Front and before his death was wounded again on three other occasions. He was killed in action on the 20th August 1916 and his father received the following letter – “It is
with great regret that I have to tell you that your son Pte A Firth was killed in action on August 20th at 1.15pm whilst on sentry duty. Your son was very popular with both officers and men and they all send you their deepest sympathy”. Arthur was 25 years of age and is buried at the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery. He left his effects to his father Charles who received £2.19.2d on the 12th of December 1916 and a War Gratuity of £9.0.0d on the 15th September 1919. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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