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Entry for Gunner Ernest Arnold
A Battery, 210 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
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Ernest George Arnold, son of Joseph and Sarah Arnold, was born in June 1898 in Coleshill and lived at 36 High Street. In 1915 he was enlisted into A Battalion, 210 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Gunner Arnold (service number: 238697) died on 4 April 1918 and is buried at Bienvillers Military Cemetery. He was awarded the Victory and British medals.
Coleshill And The War. Gunner E. G. Arnold. In answer to an inquiry to the commanding officer, with respect to her brother, Gunner E. G. Arnold, who was reported missing in our issue of May 4th, was killed in France a few weeks ago Mrs. S. Morgan has received the following reply :- Dear Mrs. Morgan, I regret that my letter written to you quite a fortnight since has not been received by you. Your brother, I regret to say was killed by a shell about midnight on April 4-5th, the same shell burying two other men. A number of other dug-outs were in the vicinity, and every possible endeavour was made to extricate them as quickly as possible. The two men were brought out alive, but unfortunately, your brother was dead when recovered. It was a most unfortunate affair, as your brother had come through safely the worst time we have had during the recent fighting. Although your brother had not been long with this battery, he was very popular with all, and we mourn his loss. At times like these we can ill afford to lose such a strong healthy boy as he was. Please accept my sincerest sympathy, and that of the whole battery, in your berevement. Your brother was buried in the military cemetery at Bienvillers au Bois. Yours Sincerely, R. Yates, Major. Gunner Arnold would have been 20 years of age on Friday, May 17th. Coleshill Chronicle Saturday, May 18, 1918
Coleshill Chronicle 4th May 1918 GUNNER ARNOLD KILLED Mr and Mrs J Arnold, of High Street, Coleshill, have received an intimation that their son, Gunner Ernest George Arnold, R.F.A., was killed in action on April 4th in France. Before joining the army he was employed by Mr C. Messenger, butcher, High Street, Coleshill. Mr and Mrs Arnold’s three other sons are now in the army.
Coleshill Chronicle 10th April 1920 DEATHS IN MEMORIAM ARNOLD – In ever loving memory of Gunner E G Arnold, killed in action April 4th, 1918. Never forgotten by his Father, Mother, Brothers, and Sister. Shame cannot touch you now, Folly and sin, Into your silent house, Enter not in. Ever your name will be Gallant and bright, Lad whom the land of France Covers to-night.