Lance Corporal T.R Arnold 15/28 and Cpl A.C Arnold 1913

Lance Corporal T.R Arnold 15/28

Born - Chapeltown, Leeds.

Killed in action 11th May 1917.

Thomas Reginald Arnold was the younger son of Alfred and Esther Arnold. He was educated at Leeds Modern school from 1903 to 1912 and won a scholarship to Leeds University. Whilst at University he studied for a B.Sc. Degree in the department of Fuel and Gas Engineering. On the 5th September 1914, he enlisted into the Leeds Pals and was trained as a Machine Gunner and eventually promoted to Lance Corporal. He served in Colsterdale, Egypt and France. Thomas was transferred to the 93rd brigade Machine Gun Company and given the new number, 22726. Whilst effectually no longer in the Leeds Pals, was still serving along side them as the Pals were part of 93 brigade. On the 11th of May 1917 the brigade was operating in the St Catherine’s area near Arras. Thomas was killed in action on this day, his body was never found and so he is commemorated on the Memorial ,like many others, in the town of Arras. His elder brother, Alfred Cecil Arnold, was also educated at Leeds Modern School from 1901 to 1907. He enlisted in the 1/8th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment ( Leeds Rifles) and was given the rank of Corporal in the scouts section. On the 16th July 1916, near Thiepville, he was severely wounded whilst trying to repel a German bombing party. He died the following day. He is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery, France.

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