ARTHUR CLARENCE MOFFATT MM

Private 27897, 9th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Died 6th October 1917 aged 23

No Known Grave Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

Son of Harry Gaythorne and Mary Moffatt

Lived at 97, Brighton Street, Heckmondwike


Arthur was born in Heckmondwike in 1894, he was the son of Harry Gaythorne Moffatt and his wife Mary.  Arthur’s father died in 1904 when Arthur was eight, his mother never remarried.

Before the outbreak of war he had been a Leather Cutter for CWS Bootworks but had been employed by Messrs Cooke & Sons in the year prior to him joining the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in November 1915.  He was later transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers.  After completing his training he was posted to Egypt and from there went to the Dardanelles and was evacuated from Gallipoli before returning to Egypt; he was transferred to France in July 1916.

He was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haigh’s despatches for keeping up communication from the headquarters to the first line of trenches during a heavy bombardment.  He received the Military Medal in August 1917 for a similar act of bravery.  Arthur died during the Battle of Pashendaele, an eyewitness account states that Arthur’s body was found on the battlefield by a party of Royal Engineers who moved him to a dressing station but he died on the way there.
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