SHOESMITH Arnold

12-511 Pte Arnold SHOESMITH 12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.

Killed In Action 27th July 1918.

 

12-511 Pte Arnold SHOESMITH 12th York Lancaster Regiment

12-511 Pte Arnold SHOESMITH 12th York Lancaster Regiment

Arnold was born at Skircoat, Halifax in 1881. The 1901 census shows him residing at 32 Rossington Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield with his parents Arthur and Clara Ellen SHOESMITH. Arnold was their only child.

Rossington Road circa 1914

Rossington Road circa 1914

 

Prior to enlistment Arnold was working as a Turner at the Hardy Patrick and Co steel works, Heeley, Sheffield.

Arnold enlisted at Sheffield on 11th september 1914. He joined the ranks of the 12th Service Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment, an original Sheffield Pal. In March 1915 Arnold was released for service within the steel industry at Jones Colver and Co Ltd Continental Novo Steel Works, Bessemer Road, Attercliffe, Sheffield.

This attachment to industry was short lived as on 8th Sept 1915 he was transferred to the 15th York Lancaster. On 9th April 1916 he transferred to the 3rd york Lancaster and on the 12th June 1916 transferred again to the 6th York Lancaster and entered the North Western theatre of operation with the BEF. On 16th June 1916 he was then transferred to 2/4th York Lancaster where he remained until 9th April 1918 when he transferred back to 3rd York Lancaster and then in May 1918 finally back to 2/4th York Lancaster with whom he lost his life on the 27th July 1918.

Arnold now lies in the Marfaux British Cemetery, France.

Marfuax British Cemetery WW1

 

Arnolds headstone

Arnolds headstone

 

Marfaux British Cemetery today

Marfaux British Cemetery today

 

 Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!

Virginia WOOLF