Arthur, William Thomas

William Thomas Arthur, Private, 54130, Welsh Regiment.

William Thomas Arthur, Private, 54130, Welsh Regiment. William was born in 1896, the son of George and Martha Arthur, of White Hill, Carew. He enlisted at Carmarthen into the 15th Battalion of the Welsh Regiment, which was the Carmarthenshire Battalion.

In 1915 the Battalion became part of the 114th Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division, and moved to the Western Front in December, 1915, taking up positions near Fleurbaix.

They fought with distinction at Mametz Wood the following year, and in 1917 played a major part in the capture of the Pilckem Ridge during Third Ypres.


William Thomas Arthur - Morval British Cemetery, France.They were rushed to the Somme in spring 1918 to help stem the German push towards Amiens, and then took part in the great offensive of August, 1918, where they forded the flooded River Ancre on the night of the 22nd August, 1918 which began the great drive to victory.

The Division pushed steadily through Pozieres and Longueval, capturing the village of Morval, which is where William was killed on 1 September 1918.

He was 22 years old, and is buried at Morval British Cemetery, France.