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In 1901, a one year old Arthur Lomax was living at 41 Grove Street, Didsbury with his father Alfred, and mother Ellen.

As a boy, Arthur attended Heaton Mersey Church School. In later years, he proved to be a talented musician and would occasionally act as organist for services at Didsbury Parish Church.

Arthur will not have been in the army for long and was, probably, conscripted when he became 18. He was originally assigned to the South Lancashire Regiment (service no. 45551), but was transferred to the North Lancashires, probably as soon as he arrived in France. His service number indicates that he was not immediately transferred to the 1/5th Battalion, but to one of the “service battalions” formed for the duration of the war only. Several of these were disbanded around March 1918 and this will have been when he was transferred to the 1/5th.

Regimental records published after the war note that he died of wounds he had received. The Cemetery where Arthur is buried is one used by the several military hospitals which were based around Rouen. It is not known when or how he was injured.

Arthur LOMAX
Rank: Private
Number: 49115
Unit: 1/5th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Date of Death: 27 September 1918
Age: 18
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

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


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