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Arthur Simister was born in 1898 in Bushbury (his birth was registered at Cannock), the son of George and Mary Simister. In 1901, the family were living at 20 Sherwood Terrace, and the household consisted of Arthur and his parents, brothers Thomas, Frank and Alfred, and sisters Rose and Elsie. By 1911, they had moved to Hednesford in Staffordshire. The only children still living with their parents by this date were Arthur, Alfred and Herbert.

On 22 April 1915, Arthur enlisted with the 15th Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps (number R/12382). His military records include the fact that he was deprived 10 days’ pay on 19 May 1916 for “Disobedience of Battalion orders re throwing away old clothes.” Later in the year he had a hernia and was admitted to hospital. In August 1917 he was wounded in the arm and leg by bullets. He died on 1 September 1918, and is commemorated at the Vis-En-Artois Memorial. He is also listed on the Bushbury memorial at St Mary’s Church.