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Private Arthur Spencer Dobson

Born. Templenewsam, Leeds, 1889.
Died. 1st July 1916, Serre, France.

Arthur Spencer Dobson was one of four children born to Charles and Mary Dobson in Templenewsam. His siblings were Joseph, Edie and Emma.

On the 4th September 1914, whilst working as a warehouseman at Isaac Jowitt Dewhirst, of 32 Kirkgate, leeds and Living at Meynell Road, Colton, Arthur enlisted into the “Leeds Pals” and posted to “D” Company, 16 platoon, section 13. His Commanding officer was Lt Pope-Smith.

On the 1st July 1916, the first day at the battle of the Somme, Pte Arthur Dobson had just gone over the top, when he was severely wounded.

Pte Cyril Charles CryerPte Cyril Charles Cryer, a D Company runner, found him in no-mans land and later recalled:

"We rescued him from a shell hole, as we were going over the ground, we heard somebody moaning. He was very badly wounded, he couldn’t move and we somehow got him on a temporary stretcher and carried him to a first-aid station, just a few yards up the line. It was all uneven and blown up, you know. I’ve lost sight of him since then, how he got on?"

Private Arthur Spencer Dobson died of his wounds later that day and was buried at Queens Cemetery, Puisieux.

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