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Arthur Cyril Barratt was born in 1894 in Market Drayton, Shropshire, the son of Aaron and Elizabeth Barratt (nee Friend). His father, Aaron, died in 1899, so on the 1901 census Arthur appears at 7 Hunter Street with his mother, brothers Thomas and Harold, and sister Beatrice. On the 1911 census the family are at the same address, and have been joined by Harold’s wife, Kathleen. By this point, Arthur has become a grocer’s assistant.

Arthur enlisted in the Army Service Corps (number 54/146376) on 4 November 1915. He embarked for Mombasa in early 1916, and was promoted to Corporal in April that year. Whilst there, he suffered from several bouts of malaria, as well as a hernia, and was admitted to hospital. During his military engagement, he was employed as a clerk and given a report of exemplary conduct.

After the war, he married Florence E. Hands in 1920, and the couple went on to have three children – Marjorie, Cyril and John – between 1921 and 1925. Arthur died in Wolverhampton in 1962