Arthur Makin, Rifleman 50780, 2nd/6th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)
Killed in action 18th December 1917 in Belgium, aged 19
Arthur Makin was born on 7 June and baptised on 6 July 1898 at Christ Church, Macclesfield, the son of Betty and Arthur Makin (written ‘Meakin’ in the baptism register), a silk weaver of 28 Crown St West, off Crompton Rd, Macclesfield. In 1901, two-year-old Arthur was living at 11 Adlington St, Macclesfield with his parents, half-siblings Nellie Swindells (20), Harry Swindells (18), Annie Swindells (8), Sarah Swindells (11), Harriet Swindells (9) and Charles Swindells (8), and younger sister Doris (1).
By 1911, the family had moved to 60 Paradise Street, and Harry had another brother, Walter, then aged 10.
Arthur enlisted in Macclesfield and served with the King’s (Liverpool Regiment).
Arthur’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 11 January 1918:
A POPULAR CHUM – WORKING PARTY HEAVILY SHELLED
Pte A Makin, King’s Liverpool Regt, 62 Paradise St, Macclesfield, has died in action in France. Enlisting in February last year, Pte Makin, who was 19 years of age, had served in France for about six months. He was killed on December 18th and… he wrote a letter to his mother on the day he met his death. The communication was received on Christmas Day, and the writer wished all at home a happy Christmas. Pte Makin was educated at Crompton Road School and worshipped at Trinity Wesleyan Chapel. He was also a member of the Young men’s Class. Prior to enlistment he was employed by Mr Rowbotham, butcher, Hurdsfield.
Mrs Makin has received a letter from the platoon sergeant, who states: “I was with the working party going up the line when we suddenly came under very heavy shell-fire and your son was hit with five others. I am writing on behalf of his friends in the company to express their… regret at losing so popular a chum.”
Pte Makin’s brother, Harry, is in Salonica and a cousin, Pte E Jones, Ches Regt, was killed in action a few months ago.
Rifleman Arthur Makin has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 31 to 34 and 162 and 162A on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Rifleman Arthur Makin, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
As with all those from Macclesfield who lost their lives, Macclesfield Borough Council gave Arthur’s family a memorial certificate:
Half-brother of Harry Swindells, who served in Salonica; and cousin of Pte E Jones, Ches Regt, who was killed in action in 1917.
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers: Christ Church, Macclesfield
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 11 January 1918
Thanks to Allan, relative of Arthur Makin, for allowing us to copy the memorial certificate.