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Arthur WainwrightAn article in the Express & Star on 3 December 1914 details the death of the 21-year-old Arthur Wainwright, of the 3rd Dragoon Guards, on 6 November 1914. His address was given as Granville Street, and he had served in the Army for three years, first in Egypt before going to France.

In fact christened George Arthur Wainwright, he was born on 26 May 1893, and baptised on 23 July the same year at St Andrew’s, Wolverhampton. His parents were Arthur and Susannah Maria Wainwright (nee Street). In 1901, he was living at 58 Derry Street with his parents and sister Charlotte. His father died in 1903, so by 1911 he was living with his grandparents, William and Charlotte Street, at 28 Granville Street. His mother and brother, Charley David, were at the same address. By this date, Arthur had become a bottler at an ale and stout brewery.

Arthur enlisted on 10 October 1911 in the 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales’ Own) (service number 6359). He first fought in France on 31 October 1914, but was killed in action not long after. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.

 

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