1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
L/Cpl 15002 Arthur James Henshaw
- Age: 26
- From: Garston, Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
- K.I.A Wednesday 12th July 1916
- Commemorated at: Delvile Wood Cem, Longueval
Panel Ref: XXXI.K.8
Arthur James was born in 1891 the son of James Phythian Henshaw, and his wife, Mary Jane (nee Vicars).
In 1881, they lived at ‘Hillfield’, Island Road, Garston, when James is described as a Corn Merchant and they employed two servants.
In 1891, they live at 51 Island Road - possibly the same house - when James is described as an Assistant Manager with an Assurance Company.
In 1901 they are at 41 Berkley Street, Toxteth, when James is an insurance manager, his eldest son, William, is an insurance clerk, and his next son, Thomas, is an architect’s assistant.
On 03/01/1907, father James Phythian Henshaw died.
1911 his widow Mary Jane, now 62 years old, lives with her 6 children, her widowed sister and a servant at ‘Lyndhurst’, Brookfields Gardens, West Kirby.
Arthur James was amongst the first to join the Pals when he enlisted in Liverpool on 31/08/1914 joining the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 15002, one of the Cotton contingent. He had been promoted to Lance Corporal 15002 when he was killed in action, aged 26 years, on 12th July 1916 during the fighting for Trones Wood. Many of the casualties of the Trones Wood fighting have a death span of between the 10th - 12th July, such was the ferocity of the fighting, it was hard to distinguish the date of death.
Arthur now rests at Delville Wood Cemetery, Grave XXXI K 38.
The Deeside Advertiser reported his death on 04th August 1916 as follows:
WEST KIRBY LANCE CORPORAL
KILLED IN ACTION
Few young men in the Deeside district were more popular than Lance Corporal Arthur James Henshaw, news of whose death - about the 11th ult- has just come to hand, and the greatest sympathy is being shown to his bereaved relatives.
The deceased who was 26 years of age, met his death, it is supposed in the recent "grand push" was the fifth son of the late Mr James P Henshaw and Mrs Henshaw, and resided up to the outbreak of war with his mother at 33 Westbourne Road, West Kirby. When the Liverpool "Pals" were instituted he was one of the first to join.
His brother Albert died on 9th July 1916, having been wounded in action on 1st July 1916. On 2nd July he was admitted to 5 Casualty Clearing Station suffering from shrapnel wounds to his fingers, legs and a compound fracture of his arm. On 9th July he died of his wounds in 2nd Stationary Hospital in Abbeville and according to Revd S. M. White was buried the same day in Abbeville Cemetery in Grave V B II.
Both brothers served in France from 7th November 1915 and each earned all 3 medals.
Both are also commemorated on the family headstone in Toxteth Cemetery.
Arthur James is commemorated on the following Memorials:
West Kirby Civic Memorial
St Bridgets Church, West Kirby
Liverpool Cotton Association, Walker House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool
Killed On This Day.(102 Years this day)
Saturday 10th August 1918.
Lance Corporal 30546 Charles Harold Fairclough
33 years old