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Place of Birth: Barnoldswick, Yorkshire
Service No: 14701
Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion
Division: 17th (Northern) Division
Date of Death: 1916-03-01
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. L. 2.
CWGC Cemetery: SPOILBANK CEMETERY
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE
Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE
Local War Memorial: KELBROOK, YORKSHIRE
Arthur Matthews was the son of Richard and Eliza Matthews, née Turner. Richard was born near Truro, Cornwall and Eliza at Ashreigney, Devon.
1901 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: Wellhouse Square - Arthur Matthews, aged 9 years, born Barnoldswick, son of Richard and [stepson of] Martha A. Matthews. [Arthur's mother died in 1897 and his father married Martha Ann Jackson in 1898.]
Arthur was married to Florence Maude Downes in 1909. Florence, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Downes, was born at Caston near Thetford, Norfolk, c. 1882 and died in 1918.
1911 Salterforth, Yorkshire Census: Widdup Houses Towngate - Arthur Matthews, aged 20 years, born Barnoldswick, Yorkshire, husband of Florence M. Matthews.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: L/Cpl Arthur Matthews, 14701, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 15.7.15. K. in A. 1.3.16.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Arthur Matthews, 14701, 9 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 1.3.16.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Lce-Cpl Arthur Matthews, 14701, 9 W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 1.3.16. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Florence M. £3 6s. 0d. Self & child. Father [in law] - James £2 3s. 4d. Mother in law - Elizabeth £4 6s. 8d.
‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).
Data Source: Local War Memorial
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division
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