Ferneyhough, Arthur

Arthur Ferneyhough, Private 40636, 21st Battalion, Manchester Regiment
Killed in action 4th October 1917 in Belgium, aged 28

 

EARLY LIFE

More information will be added when research is complete.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Arthur enlisted with the Cheshire Regiment in January 1916, but was later transferred to the Manchester Regiment.

Arthur’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times of 2 November 1917:

WITH A CHEERFUL HEART – STRETCHER-BEARER KILLED DURING ATTACK

Mrs Ferneyhough, 224 Crompton Rd, Macclesfield, has been officially notified of the death in action… on October 4th of her husband, Pte Arthur Ferneyhough, Manchester Regt. The following letter has been received from a comrade named J Steele: “Your husband met his death while carrying out his work as a stretcher-bearer to our company during an attack. I had known his for almost three years as we enlisted practically on the same day and have been together ever since, both in England and out here. He was one of my best chums and I greatly miss his company. Your husband was very much liked by the men of his company and always carried out his work with a cheerful heart, although at times it was rather strenuous…”

Pte Ferneyhough was twenty-eight years of age and received his education at Duke Street Schools. He was connected with St John’s Church and prior to enlistment was employed by Mr H Burgess at Chester Road Nurseries. The deceased soldier was a well-known runner with the Macclesfield Harriers, having gained several medals and prizes. He enlisted in January, 1916, and was wounded at Bullecourt, receiving treatment in a hospital at Rouen. Pte Ferneyhough was home on leave six weeks ago and had only returned to France a fortnight when he met his death. He leaves one child.

His death was also reported in the Macclesfield Advertiser on 26 October 1917:

PRIVATE A FERNEYHOUGH

Mrs Arthur Ferneyhough, of Crompton Rd, Macclesfield, has received official information that her husband, Pte Arthur Ferneyhough (28), was killed in action on October 4th. He had been wounded and in hospital in France previously. In Macclesfield Wakes week his relatives and friends were very pleased to receive cards from him reporting that all was well. It will be seen, however, that his death occurred about the time that the cards were received… On joining the colours he was in the Cheshires, but while in France was transferred to the Manchesters…

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Arthur Ferneyhough has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Arthur Ferneyhough, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

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

 

NOTES

Brother of Ernest Ferneyhough, who served with the Cheshire Regiment and died on 31 July 1917.

 

SOURCES

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

Macclesfield Times: 2 November 1917, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)
Macclesfield Advertiser: 26 October 1917


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