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pageArthur was born in Wolverhampton on 7 January 1884, the son of Job and Laura Page. In 1891 they were living at 34 Gordon Street, Wolverhampton, with his siblings William Samuel, John, Job, Samuel and Sarah Louisa. Arthur was with his parents and brother Samuel at 5 East Street in 1901. Arthur had a son (Arthur Page Parton) with Olive Parton on 28 July 1905, and he married Olive in 1907. By 1911, they were living in Newport, Wales, and Arthur was an iron worker at a sheet mills.

On 13 October 1914, Arthur enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2557), by which date his address was given as 58 Dale Street, Wolverhampton. He was attached to the North Midland Field Ambulance (number 421329), but was killed in action in France on 25 September 1917. This was reported in the Midland Counties Express on 27 October 1917. Mrs Page received a letter from the Lieutenant-Colonel in command, who stated that Arthur was with six others when a shell fell, killing six men including Arthur. He had “many friends in the unit [who were] greatly upset…they have lost a loyal comrade…I have always valued and appreciated his work in the unit.”

Arthur’s service records state that his widow was granted a pension of 18/9 a week, and again these state that he had one child. Arthur’s identity disk was the only possession that was returned to his widow, on 22 February 1918. The British War and Victory Medals were sent on to his widow in April 1922. Arthur is commemorated at the Bridge House Cemetery in Belgium, as well as on the Royal Army Medical Corps memorial in St Peter’s Church.

 

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