Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 18/08/1918
Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery, 11th Siege Bty.
Grave Reference: V. G. 9.
Cemetery: HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES
Born in 1877 at Sheffield, fourth son of Robert (Quarry Owner and later M.D. of a Steam Laundry) and Frances Arnison. 1891: With his family at 3 Higham Crescent Road, Nether Halam, Sheffield. 1911: A Silversmiths Manager, visiting George Harwin at Winchmore Hill. For many years he lived with his Brother Rowland Arnison and sister in law, residing at “Fan Foel” Oakdale Gardens Woodford Green from 1913. He was employed by Woodward & Co the manufacturing goldsmiths and silversmiths as manager of their London business.
Initially a member of the London Volunteer Rifles and Royal Naval Reserve (Royal Naval Division), he manned heavy anti aircraft guns defending London from air attack. After service in France from 27-06-16 he became a 2nd Lieutenant in the RGA from 01-07-17. There followed a temporary attachment to the RFC before posting to a Siege Battery of the RGA. He had been in action almost constantly since the German Spring offensive in 03-18, until the allies began to advance once more.
He was severely wounded by a shell splinter early on Sunday 18-08-18, and died shortly afterwards without regaining consciousness. This was just prior to the Battle of the Somme on 21-08-18.
His brother Rowland was an Officer in 5 Volunteer Battalion of the Essex Regiment, whose 2 Company was based at Churchfields School. An impressed picture of the original Volunteers cap badge which was presented to Rowland is now preserved in the Redbridge Heritage Library at Ilford.
Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Woodford Times. Contributed by Adrian Lee
Qualification: Nearby Borough Resident.