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Arthur Spooner was 2 when the census was taken in the spring of 1901. He was living at 38 Elizabeth Street, Stockport with his parents, George and Frances. He had a brother, possibly a twin, called George and a 1 month old sister, Frances.

Arthur was conscripted into the army when he became 18 and was assigned to a Training Reserve Battalion and was given a service number – 17342. When he had completed his training, he was re-assigned to the North Lancashires and given a new number.

On the date that Arthur died, the 9th Battalion were in action at the Battle of Estaires (a phase of the Battles of the Lys).

The section of the Cemetery where Arthur is buried was created after the War when a number of small burial areas were closed, as the land was returned to civilian use.

Rank: Private
Number: 29237
Unit: 9th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Date of Death: 10 April 1918
Age: 19
Cemetery: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Sanchez, Pas de Calais

This article has been reproduced with kind permission from the Stockport 1914-18 website.

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