Chatteris WW1 Soldier Arthur Smith (7934). Chatteris Remembers Biography
Pte Arthur Smith 7934 9th Bn Suffolk Regiment Died 16 September 1916 Arthur Smith, son of widower, Martha was born in 1888 in Chatteris. In 1891, father James was still alive and working as a shepherd, the family living at Langwood Road. By 1901 Martha was a widow and Arthur lived with his mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters at 17 Southampton Row, Chatteris. The Cambs Times of May 21st 1915 report that Arthur, then of the 1st Suffolks had been wounded and was in hospital in Exeter. He was wounded in the leg in Ypres on May 8th 1915. He wrote “Our fight in Ypres was hell. I thanked God when I got away from it. I don’t know whether any of the fellows from Chatteris were wounded or killed in the fight. You might send the Chatteris paper as I saw several of them five days before the battle.” A later newspaper article reported that Arthur, Frank Wheeler and Rifleman Freeman were all best friends at school, they all died within a week of each other in September 1916 on the Somme. Arthur died on 16th September 1916. From the 15th-16th September the 9th Battalion were involved in attacking the German stronghold “The Quadrilateral” as part of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on the Somme. On leaving their trenches the troops came under withering machine gun fire from the Quadrilateral. All the senior officers were killed or wounded, 35 other ranks were killed and 93 missing. Arthur has no known grave and is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial. Project File contains: • CWGC certificate • Cambs Times May 21st 1915, 13th Oct 1916 inc picture • 1901 Census • Extract from History of the Suffolk Regiment • Picture of name on Thiepval Memorial
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