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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916


CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916


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1894 - 1916


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1897 - 1916


Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
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Pte 49090 Arthur Anderson


  • Age: 19
  • From: Hollinwood, Lancs
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
  • D.O.W Thursday 30th November 1916
  • Commemorated at: Warlincourt Halte Brit Cem
    Panel Ref: III.G.3
Arthur was born on 02nd May 1897 in Hollinwood, the second son of Henry and Emily (nee Mellor) Anderson. He was baptised at St Margaret's Church, Hollinwood, Oldham on 19th April 1899. His parents  married in 1895 in Oldham Register Office (his father giving the name Harry), and had two children.  Arthur had an older brother Llewellyn, born in 1895. After the death of Llewellyn at age 2, Arthur was the only surviving child.
 
As his father does not appear on censuses after the marriage, nothing is known of him. Arthur’s mother Emily was born in Hollinwood. 
 
In 1901 Arthur, age 3, and his mother are living with her mother Annie Mellor at 3 Simpson Square, Chadderton. His grandmother is 57, his mother is 28, listed as married, working as a cotton yarn reeler.  Also living in the household are his uncle George Mellor, 34, a railway plate layer, and two boarders.

The 1911 Census shows Arthur and his mother living at 3 Simpson Square, Hollinwood with her brother George Mellor. Emily is described as married but her husband is not listed at the address. Arthur, aged 13 is shown as working in a cotton mill as a piercer. This job saw him repairing broken threads on a loom. Both his mother and uncle were also employed at a cotton mill.

Before enlisting, Arthur worked at the Vale Mill, in Stockfield Road, Chadderton.
 
SDGW shows that he enlisted in Ashton Under Lyne. Arthur joined the 20th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 49090.

He died of wounds on 30th November 1916 aged 19. When he died he was his mother's only son, her first born Llewellyn had died in infancy aged 2 in 1897. Her devastating loss is reflected in the epitaph on Arthur's headstone at Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery which states:

"SADLY MISSED BY HIS MOTHER".
 
His death was reported among the Oldham fallen in the Manchester Evening News on 8th December 1916:

“Private Arthur Anderson, King’s Liverpool Regiment, died of wounds on Nov. 30, lived at 3, Simpson Square, Hollinwood.  He was a piecer at Vale Mill.”
 
His Army effects and a War Gratuity of £3 went to his mother.  She was awarded a pension of 10/- a week from July 1917, reduced to 8/- in February 1918.
 
Arthur is commemorated on St. Margaret’s Church Cross, Hollinwood.



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