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Arthur PRESTON

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Surname: PRESTON

Forename(s): Arthur

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 15/1563

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 15th (Service) Battalion. (1st Leeds)

Division: 31st Division

Age: 30

Date of Death: 1916-09-21

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: III. A. 17.

CWGC Cemetery: GORRE BRITISH AND INDIAN CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Arthur Preston was the son of Arthur and Margaret Preston, née Whitham. Arthur, senior, was born at Stanton Lees, Derbyshire and Margaret at Skipton, Yorkshire.

1881 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 22, Russell Street - Arthur Preston, aged 9 months, born Skipton, son of Arthur and Margaret Preston.

1891 Lancaster, Lancashire Census: 60, Windermere Road - Arthur Preston, aged 10 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire, son of Arthur and Margaret Preston.

1901 Halton, Lancashire Census: New Street - Arthur Preston, aged 20 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire, son of Arthur and Margaret Preston.

1911 Halton, Lancashire: 12, New Street - Arthur Preston, junior, aged 30 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire, son of Arthur and Margaret Preston.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Arthur Preston, 15/1563, West Yorkshire Regiment.

The 15th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (1st Leeds), informally known as the Leeds Pals, were amalgamated with the 17th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (2nd Leeds) to form the 15th/17th Battalion on the 7 December 1917.

Arthur is commemorated on the Halton & Aughton War Memorial, Lancashire.

Photograph courtesy of the ‘Lancaster Military Heritage Group’ website.

Data Source: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Records

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Private Arthur PRESTON

Private Arthur PRESTON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: PRESTON

Forename(s): Arthur

Born: Skipton, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Colsterdale, Yorks

Number: 15/1563

Rank: Private

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 15th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 21/09/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: PRESTON

Forename(s): A

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 1563

Rank: Private

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 15th Bn.

Age: 30

Awards:

Died Date: 21/09/1916

Additional Information: Brother of Mrs. E. Gregg, of 74, Elmfield Rd., Doncaster.

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'Lancaster Guardian' (7 October 1916)

(Courtesy of the Lancaster Military Heritage Group website)

Private Arthur Preston (36) West Yorkshire Regiment, only son of the late Mr and Mrs A. Preston of late of New Street, Halton has been reported killed. A letter from the Chaplain, Rev C. R. Chapell states that he was killed on 21 September and buried in a cemetery on 22nd September. Continuing he said that a cross would be placed above the grave and in due course of time he would send a photograph of it. Pte Preston was an old boy of Halton National School. Joining the army in the early part of 1915 he went to France in 1916 and had been working in Barrow previously. Mrs Preston and her daughter (Mrs Graham) now reside in Bootle near Liverpool.

HALTON BIOGRAPHIES

(Courtesy of the Lancaster Military Heritage Group website)

HALTON BIOGRAPHIES

TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF HALTON & AUGHTON WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR

ARTHUR PRESTON

There is little information on Arthur Preston. Bill Hosfield has identified him as Arthur Preston the son of Arthur Preston of Halton. He was born on the 31st May 1880, but only commenced at Halton National School in August, 1892. As the family do not appear in the Halton census returns for 1891, they must have been newcomers to the village between then and August 1892. Mrs Hastings notes '1916, Oct., Arthur Preston Killed in France'.

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