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41471 2nd Corporal ARTHUR ALDWORTH
Royal Engineers
by
ŠLieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis, 1999

Arthur Aldworth was born in Abingdon, Berskshire in January of 1896. He was the son of William and Charlotte Aldworth of 15, West Saint Helen Street, Abingdon, Berkshire. The Aldworths had another son, Frank, who also served in the Royal Engineers during the Great War of 1914-1918.

Arthur enlisted in the Royal Engineers in September of 1914, shortly after the outbreak of the Great War. After a period of initial training, he was posted to the 11th Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers at Grantham. In April of 1915 Aldworth and his unit were in training at Frensham in Surrey and in July of 1915 they embarked at Liverpool for transport to Egypt.

The 11th Division Signal Company arrived at Alexandria on the 12th of July 1915 and by the 18th of July the unit was at Mudros. Aldworth and his unit landed at Sulva in Gallipoli on the 6th of August 1915 and immediately took part in the action at Sari Bair. This battle was followed by the battle of Scimitar Hill on the 21st of August 1915.

Aldworth and his company remained at Gallipoli until January of 1916 when they were evacuated to Port Said in Egypt. On the 15th of February of 1916 the 11th Division was in line at Ballah and Ferdan and in June of that year took part in the advance to Romani.

The 11th Division departed Egypt for France on the 28th of June 1916. Upon arrival in France, Aldworth's unit took part in the following major actions:

Flers-Courcelette: 15 September 1916
Thiepval Ridge: 26 September 1916
(Out of the front line in the vicinity of Arras: 9 April 1917)
Messines: 7 June 1917
Langemarck: 16 August 1917
Menin Road: 20 September 1917
Polygon Wood: 26 September 1917
Broodseinde: 4 October 1917
Poelcappelle: 9 October 1917
(In winter quarters in the River Lys sector during December 1917)
Battle of the Scarpe: 26 August 1918
Drocourt-Queant: 2 September 1918

2nd Corporal Arthur Aldworth was killed by shell fire on the 11th of September 1918. He is buried in Row C, Grave 1 in the Orange Hill Cemetery at Feuch, France. For his service during the Great War 2nd Corporal Aldworth was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Cemetery: ORANGE HILL CEMETERY, FEUCHY, Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference/Panel Number: C. I.
Location:

Orange Hill Cemetery lies due north of Tilloy les Mofflaines, a village in the Pas-de-Calais Department of France, and 3 kilometres south-east of Arras along the D939 road. From Tilloy les Mofflaines, take the D939 towards Cambrai until you come to a roundabout with a junction for the D37 towards Feuchy. Follow this road for 2 kilometres, then take a track to the east towards the cemetery.

Historical Information: Feuchy was captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division on the 9th April, 1917, lost at the end of March 1918, and retaken at the end of the following August. 'Orange Hill' was reached by the 12th Division on the 10th April, 1917. The cemetery, however, was made by the Canadian Corps after the second capture of the hill at the end of August 1918. There are now over 40, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The Cemetery covers an area of 365 square metres and is enclosed by a flint and rubble wall.

References
1. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
2. Battle Honours of the Royal Engineers. The Royal Engineer Journal, The Institution of Royal Engineers, Chatham, Kent, 1925-1932.
3.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission.