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lewisArthur was born in Market Drayton on 28 April 1893, the son of Robert Fisher and Sarah Ann Lewis. In both 1901 and 1911, he was living in the households of his uncles, John P. Ibbs and John Birchall, first in Shropshire and then in Cheshire. By 1911, Arthur was a joiner. His father, Robert, died in November 1901, which is presumably why Arthur attended the Royal Orphanage, Penn Road, Wolverhampton, for a period.

In May 1911, Arthur joined the Royal Engineers (service number 21571) as a Sapper. After a year’s training, he was sent to Roberts’ Heights, in South Africa. When war broke out he was drafted in to the front in October 1914 with the 55th Field Company. He rose to become Lance Corporal, but was killed in action on 11 September 1916. He was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 3 February 1917, and is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial

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