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Arthur Banks was born in Wolverhampton in about 1893, the son of Isaac and Sarah Jane Banks. In 1901, they were living at 163 Hickman Street, in Wednesfield, together with Arthur’s brother James and sister May. Later on they moved to 21 Victoria Road, Wednesfield.

Arthur enlisted with the 2nd/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 5082), and served in Ireland. He was killed in Dublin during the Irish Rebellion on 29 April 1916, and his name was listed among the “Nine Black Country Men Killed” in the Express & Star on 12 May 1916. He is buried at the Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Ireland, and commemorated on the Wednesfield Village Roll of Honour.