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George Henry Arnold was born in 1886 to Fanny Arnold. Fanny was the daughter of Stephen and Hannah Arnold of Branston. On the 1891 census, George then aged 5 was living with his Grandparents at the Goats Head, Abbots Bromley. In 1901 George now aged 14 is working for Mr Walter Done at Mavesyn Ridware. In 1904 George married Mary Marston of High Street, Abbots Bromley. By 1915 George and his family are living at the Newlands, Blithbury.On the 10th of May 1915, George attested to the Territorial Forces (The Stafford Cyclist Regt). In 1916 he was transferred to the Royal Field Artillery (RFA) at Woolwich as a ‘Shoeing Smith). Christmas Day 1917 George was promoted to Lance Corporal but was quickly demoted in April 1918 when he overstayed his leave by nine hours. August 1918 he was compulsorily transferred to the Infantry, arriving in France on the 30th August 1918 and was posted to the 8th Battalion (The North Staffordshire Regt). On the 23rd of September 1918, George Henry Arnold was killed in action at age 33. He had been on the front for just 26 days. George is laid to rest in Le Touret Military Cemetery, France. He left behind a grieving widow and six children. RIP George Henry Arnold

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