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Arthur was born in Kirkham in 1894 the son of Richard and Sarah Danson (nee Stanhope). Richard and Sarah were married in St. Michaels Church, Kirkham in 1893.

Richard and Sarah had 17 children altogether including Arthur, the others being: John (1893-1927), Alexander (1896-1917), Elizabeth (1899), Louisa (1900), James (1903), Harold (1905-1905), Edith Ellen (1906), Hilda May (1907-1927), Richard (1908), Janey (1909), Albert Edward (1910), Harold (1912), Frederick George (1915), Sarah (1916), Frank (1918-1934) and Margaret (1919-1928).

In the 1911 Census Arthur was living at home with his parents and ten siblings at 64 Preston Street, Kirkham. He was employed in a local cotton mill.

Arthur enlisted on 9 September, 1914 at Preston and was given the service number 17580, he was posted to the 9th Battalion.

On the 24 September, 1915 Arthur embarked at Folkestone bound for France with the rest of the 9th Battalion.

Unfortunately no further information is available as his service papers do not appear to have survived. However, the following newspaper clipping does shed some further light on what happened to Arthur.


Arthur was seriously wounded on 5 July, 1916 when the 9th Battalion were involved in actions during the Battle of the Somme. It would appear from the article that his parents were sent for and they made the long journey to France to see him.

Arthur was eventually sent back home and was hospitalised somewhere in southern England. He was discharged from the Army on 10 December, 1917.

In 1918 Arthur married Amy Rose Gare in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Unfortunately Arthur only lived another four years, he died aged 28 years on 25 October, 1922 in the Ministry of Pensions Hospital, Knotty Ash, Liverpool. He was taken back to Kirkham and is buried in his family grave in St. Michael`s Church, Kirkham.


Arthur was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

Arthur`s widow Amy Rose passed away on 16 September, 1928 and she is buried with Arthur in St. Michael`s Church, Kirkham. Arthur`s name is also remembered on the Kirkham War Memorial.




Additional family information

danson417400 Private John Danson 10th Battalion, Loyal North Lancs later 28776 East Surrey Regiment. Unfortunately no service papers appear to have survived. John Danson was transferred to the reserve in February, 1919. John died in 1927 and is also buried in the family grave in St. Michael`s Church, Kirkham. John received the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals for his services to his country.

danson112784 Lance Sergeant Alexander Dawson MM 10th Battalion Loyal North Lancs. Alexander died of wounds on 30 September, 1917 and is buried with honour in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Nord, France. Alexander was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals and had previously been awarded the Military Medal.

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