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Lance Corporal 32984 Alfred ARNOLD
8th (Service) Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment,
formerly 616614 Royal Army Service Corps

Killed in Action,   Saturday 15th June 1918,   Italy,   age 31

Home address:64 Acre Street, Denton, Lancashire
Born:1887, Denton, Lancashire
Parents:Fanny Arnold and John Arnold
15 Ridling Lane, Hyde, Cheshire
Marital status:Married to Hannah Eliza Arnold (née Wood)
15 Ridling Lane, Hyde, Cheshire
Occupation:Labourer, Werneth Rubber Works
Enlisted:Hyde, Cheshire
Remembered:Barenthal Military Cemetery, Italy,
plot 1, Row B, Grave 10.
Link to Hyde:Enlisted in Hyde

From the North Cheshire Herald, June 5th 1915, page 8, columns 2 and 6:

Hyde Man Wins Honour at Marseilles:
Awarded Humane Society’s Certificate: Saves Fellow Soldier From Drowning.

The bravery of a Hyde man with the forces in France has been rewarded with a testimonial on vellum by the Royal Human Society. He is Driver Alfred Arnold, of the Army Service Corps, of 15 Ridling Lane, Hyde. He enlisted in October last as a driver, and went to the front with the Indian Contingent. After some time they were brought back to Marseilles for a rest and whilst he was walking near the docks, he heard a cry for help. Seeing a man struggling in the dock, he dived between the dock and a ship and rescued the drowning soldier.

The testimonial reads:-
Royal Human Society
At a meeting of the committee of the Royal Human Society, held at their offices, 4 Trafalgar Square on the 9th day of May 1915, present Admiral Sir G. D. Morant K.C.B., in the chair, it was resolved unanimously that Driver Alfred Arnold A.S.C., is justly entitled to the hon. Testimonial of this society, inscribed on vellum, which is hereby awarded him for having, on the 26th December 1914, gone to the rescue of Driver Kierman, who was in imminent danger of drowning, in the dock of Marseilles, France, and whose life he gallantly saved.

Driver Arnold was a well-known member of the Denton Gymnasium, and was employed at the Werneth Rubber Works, Gee Cross.