Arthur Brocklehurst, Gunner W/4828, “A” Bty. 312th Bde. Royal Field Artillery
Killed in action 16th September 1918 in France
Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Brocklehurst, of 21 Park St, Macclesfield.
Arthur enlisted in Macclesfield in May 1915, joining the Royal Field Artillery with service number W/4828. He was drafted to France on 25 December 1915.
It is not known exactly where Gunner Brocklehurst was killed, but his death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 27 September 1918:
Mrs Brocklehurst, 21 Park Street, Macclesfield, has received news that her son, Gunner Arthur Brocklehurst, RFA, was killed in France on September 15th. The notification was conveyed in a letter from the officer of the battalion who states: “Your son was killed in action on the night of the 15th inst… He always showed remarkable courage and was devoted to his work.”
Twenty-four years of age, Gunner Brocklehurst enlisted in May, 1915 and had served in France over three years. He was gassed a short time ago, but soon recovered and returned to his battery. Educated at St George’s School, the deceased was a member of the Canton Street Bible Association and in civil life was employed by Messrs Heath Bros., printers.
Gunner Arthur Brocklehurst is buried at Hermies Hill British Cemetery, in grave ref. IV. A. 12. His mother asked for the inscription “GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Gunner Arthur Brocklehurst, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Gunner Arthur Brocklehurst is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and St George’s Men’s Bible Association (Canton St) war memorials, and St John’s Church roll of honour.