Arthur Winpenny was born in 1893 in Eccleshill, one of eight children born to William Hartley Winpenny and Caroline Susannah, nee Richardson.By 1901 the family had moved from 72 Charnwood Road, Eccleshill to 6 West Street in Eccleshill. In 1909 Arthur’s father died on the 10th of October at 59 years of age.By 1911 Arthur was living at 11 Quarry Place, Undercliffe with his sisters, Annie and Edith and was working as a weaver for dress goods. In 1916 at All Saints Church, Little Horton, Arthur married Nellie Holmes Farnell born in 1892, the
adopted daughter of Ellen Milner. Their son Kenneth was born later that year.When Arthur enlisted he was working for Mr F Laking, draper of Manchester Road. He was a member of a well known family of choristers and at one time he and his two sisters and three brothers were members of the Eccleshill Baptist Choir. Later he was associated with Heaton Parish Church choir being a promising alto singer.As Arthur received the 1914 Star he must have enlisted in that year and
became Private 306777 in the 2nd/7th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington West Riding Regiment. This Battalion was a 2nd line home service unit and did not land in France for the Western Front until January 1917. His Regiment took part in the pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg line between the 14th March to the 5th of April 1917 and during the Arras Offensive at Bullecourt on the 11th April 1917 and the second offensive on the 3rd of May 1917 when Arthur went missing.
His mother Caroline, through the Bradford Telegraph, asked for any news of his whereabouts but he was officially reported killed in action in March 1918. At the time of his death he was 24 years of age.He is remembered on the Arras Memorial which records the names of the men who fell in the Battles of Arras from the spring of 1916 until the 7th August 1918 and who have no known grave.He left his effects to his widow Nellie who received £3.3.1d on the 23rd of May 1918 and his War Gratuity of £4.0.0d. Nellie had died in 1919 so her adopted mother Ellen Milner received £1.6.8d and Robert Milner £2.13.4d.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks