14 November 1916 : Pte Arthur Henry Sharples was killed on this day

23491 Pte Arthur Henry Sharples, 7th Bn East Lancashire Regt

A cotton weaver from Burnley, Lancashire, Arthur was born in the town in 1898.

Resident on Berry Street, Burnley, he enlisted into the Army in September 1914 but, due to his age, saw his active service deferred until 1916 when he travelled to France to join the 7th Bn East Lancs on the Somme.

Arthur served throughout much of the Battle of the Somme, but was killed in action following an attack in front of Stuff Trench during the Ancre battle on 15 November 1916.

Arthur is now buried in Grandcourt Road Cemetery, Grandcourt France.

14 November 1916 killed in action

Research by David O'Mara