Cantrell, Arthur

Arthur Cantrell, Private 268049, 1/6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 31st July 1917 near Ypres, Belgium, aged 22

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of J. W. and Mary Cantrell, of 12 Dale St, Buxton Rd, Macclesfield.

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WW1 SERVICE

Arthur enlisted with the Cheshire Regiment in February 1916 and, after training, was drafted to France in November the same year.

Arthur was reported missing on 31 July 1917 and was later presumed to have been killed in action on that date; his death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 21 June 1918:

KILLED – Mr and Mrs Cantrell, 12 Dale Street, have been officially notified that their son, Pte Arthur Cantrell, Cheshire Regt, who was previously reported “missing” on July 31st 1917 is now reported “presumed dead”. He enlisted in February 1916 and was drafted out to France in November the same year. He was educated at Daybrook Street Boys School under Mr Charles Shaw and was a member of the Parish Church. He was employed as a tailor by Mr J B Walker, Mill Street. He was 23 years of age.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Arthur Cantrell has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 19 – 22 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Arthur Cantrell, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Arthur Cantrell is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 21 June 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)


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