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Arthur Francis Morton, Age 26

Private, 34506, 58th Battalion, Labour Corps.

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Labour Corps Cap Badge.

Arthur was the husband of Mrs Edith Emma Morton of 50 King Street, Dawley, and the father of two children.

He had worked for the Priorslee coal distillation company and was a keen footballer before he joined up. In an obituary that appeared in the Wellington and Shrewsbury Journal he was described as being held in high esteem by his workmates and as always bright and merry, the life and soul of his mates. Two of his brothers also served and seemed to have survived as there is no record of any other Morton’s from Dawley being killed during the war.

Arthur was working with his section on 27th June 1917 when a German shell burst amongst them, 5 men were killed out-right but Arthur was seriously wounded and died the same evening from these wounds. At the time of his death Arthur had served 15 months in France and had had no leave home.

Arthur is buried at the Ferme-Olivier Cemetery at Elverdinghe in Belgium in grave III.F.15

Inscription added to head stone by: Mrs E. E. Jackson, 54 King Street, Dawley Salop.


WWI Medal Rolls Index Card

WWI Medal Rolls Index Card

I had some problems finding Arthur on the Commonwealth War Graves site, they have him as service Number: 39046 with Cheshire Regiment 19th Bn, this number is for Morton, Arthur Henry (34500, 43324, 39046)?

Commonwealth War Graves
Buried Ferme-Olivier Cemetery


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Victory Medal British War Medal

WW1 Death Plaque