Connor, Arthur

Arthur Connor, Private 45746, 2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers
Killed in action 3rd December 1917 in France, aged 22

 

EARLY LIFE

Arthur Connor was born in 1895 (registered as Arthur O’Conner) and baptised at St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield on 19 September 1895, the son of Jane and Patrick Connor, a stone breaker of 1 Hope St, Macclesfield. In 1901 five-year-old Arthur was living at 7 George St with his mother Jane, who was employed as a charwoman, and siblings Winifred (13), Jane (12), William (11) and Bernard (7). The family’s name was recorded in the 1901 census as O’Connor.

By 1911 the family had moved to 39 James St, Macclesfield and Arthur was employed as a ‘machine watcher’.

Arthur’s mother Jane later lived at 99 Chester Rd, Macclesfield.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Arthur enlisted in Macclesfield and after training was drafted to France.

In December 1917 Arthur was found to be missing and was later presumed to have died on or since 3 December 1917.

 

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Arthur Connor has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 5 on the Cambrai Memorial, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Arthur Connor, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Arthur Connor is commemorated on the Park GreenTown HallSt Michael’s Church and St George’s Men’s Bible Association war memorials, and on St John’s Church Roll of Honour.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers (Find My Past): St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website


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