Arnold, Charles

Charles Arnold, L/Cpl 27759, 18th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Killed in action 24th November 1917 in France, aged 27

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of John Thomas and Sarah Ann Arnold, of Macclesfield.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Charles enlisted in Macclesfield in February 1915 and, after training, was drafted to France in June 1916.

The death of Charles Arnold was reported in the Macclesfield Advertiser on 21 December 1917:

LANCE-CORPORAL C ARNOLD

Mrs Arnold, widow, who resides with her daughter-in-law (Mrs Samuel Arnold) at 2 Higginbotham Green, Sutton, has been officially informed that her son Charles, a lance-corporal in the Welsh Regiment (Machine Gun Section) was killed in action on the 24th November. Deceased, a single man, aged 27, enlisted in February 1915 and had been on active service in France since June, 1916. He had been looking forward to coming home on leave on the 22nd November… but at the last moment… his pass was cancelled for the time being. Two days later he was called upon to make the supreme sacrifice. He had previously come through several engagements unscathed.

His mother has had a sympathetic letter from his platoon officer (Sec Lieut White), who testifies to the deceased’s excellent character… Lance-Corporal Arnold was educated at Lord Street School, and at the time of enlistment was employed at Sutton Brewery.

The deceased’s eldest brother, Private Samuel Arnold, is with the Cheshires in Egypt. An ex-soldier – he served through the South African War – he felt the call of duty when the present war broke out, and although a married man with seven children, he patriotically volunteered for further service during the second week in August 1914, and was accepted. His younger brother, James, is with the Cheshire Yeomanry on the East Coast. Private Joseph Gould, a brother of Mrs Samuel Arnold, has been wounded no fewer than six times whilst serving with the Cheshires, and is now on home service. Another brother, Thomas Gould, joined the Royal Engineers as a pioneer, and is now a dispatch rider in Egypt. Two cousins of the late Lance-Corporal Arnold are with the Canadians in France.

 

 

COMMEMORATION

L/Cpl Charles Arnold has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 7 on the Cambrai Memorial, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for L/Cpl Charles Arnold, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, L/Cpl Charles Arnold is commemorated on the Park GreenTown Hall, St Michael’s Church and St George’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

Brother of Private Samuel Arnold, who served with the Cheshire Regiment, and James Arnold, who served with the Cheshire Yeomanry. Brother-in-law of Private Joseph Gould, who served with the Cheshire Regiment and was wounded six times; and Thomas Gould, who served as a pioneer with the Royal Engineers and later as a dispatch rider. Two cousins served with the Canadian forces.

 

SOURCES

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

Macclesfield Advertiser: 21 December 1917


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