Arthur Clifford Stott was born in 1894 in Bradford and baptised on the 9th of September 1894 at St Augustine’s Church. he was the youngest of three children of Harry Stott and Clara, nee Wilkinson.By 1901 the family had moved to Bradford to live at 463 Otley Road and ten years later they had moved to 483 Otley Road.Harry was working as a draper and boot dealer on his own account. Arthur, at 16 years of age, was working as a stuff warehouseman and at the time of his enlistment he was living with his parents at 25 Hatfield Road.
He enlisted in November 1916 as Gunner 231634 in the 286th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. On a home leave Arthur married Sarah Ann Hartshorne in 1917 in Wakefield. She was 22 years of age born in Normanton and working as a domestic servant in Normanton at the time of her marriage. Two children were born to them, Donald in 1917 and Roy in 1918 and at the time of Arthur’s death the family were living at Denten Well House, Undercliffe.Arthur’s battery landed at
Boulogne on 31 Mar 1917 and marched to Bailleul via Arques and Sylvestre-Cappel on the 10th of April. Two guns of the battery were brought into position at Mellerruis on the night of 25-26th of April and these guns fired their first round on the 26th of April. On 24th of June the battery came into action west of Ypres between Asylum and Kruistraat and on the 1st of January 1918 the battery was posted to the 77th Brigade Royal Garrison Artillery. Batteries were constantly moved around to support a different
brigade which makes tracing individuals difficult but at some point Arthur was transferred to No.8 Unit Graves Registration and Enquiries Labour Corp. as a Lance Corporal. On the 24th of May 1919 he died at the 15th Casualty Clearing Station from appendicitis. Arthur was buried at the Houchin British Cemetery which was used by the 15th Clearing Station since October 1918.He left his effects to his widow Sarah Ann who received £27.18.6d on the 7th of October 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks