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Captain, M.C., 4th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment.

Killed in action 11th April 1918.

Remembered on the Loos Memorial.

Former student of languages.


Arthur was born in 1892 at Ashton-in-Makerfield. He was the son of Stephen and Annie Walsh.  His father, a former coal miner, was a Labour politician, Cabinet member and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board.  Arthur attended Wigan Grammar School where he carried off the Powell Scholarship which enabled him to proceed to Manchester University in 1908 to study languages.  He graduated in 1912  and was awarded an M.A.  in 1913.  He gained the Faulkner Fellowship in Arts in 1913 and the Gilchrist Travelling Fellowship and went on to further study at the Sorbonne, Paris where he was awarded the degree of Licentiate of Letters. When war broke out he was an assistant master at Nelson Municipal School, Lancashire.

Arthur enlisted on 3rd October 1914 and served with the 5th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  He was gazetted in February 1915 and further served with the 22nd Battalion Manchester Regiment, 12th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regimnet and the 4th Battalion Sotuh Lancashire Regiment.  He was slightly wounded in September 1917 and awarded an Military Cross for bravery in the field. He was killed in action at Locon, Picardy, France in April 1918.