Arthur John Baldwin

Name

Arthur John Baldwin
24/11/97

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

21/03/1918
20

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Rifleman
42085
Royal Irish Rifles
16th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

ST. SOUPLET BRITISH CEMETERY
I. G. 19.
France

Headstone

>No inscription

UK Memorials

St John the Baptist Church Memorial, Aldbury Aldbury Memorial Hall Not on the Tring memorials

Pre War

Arthur was born 24th Nov 1897 son of William and Sarah Baldwin and baptised on 26th December 1897 at Aldbury church.


In 1901, at the age of 3, Arthur was living near the Greyhound pub in Aldbury. In 1911, at the age of 13 he was at school living in the second house after the Greyhound, Aldbury.

Wartime Service

Arthur enlisted in Tring into the Bedfordshire Regiment (No 31663). Later transferred to the 16/RIR a pioneer battalion. Killed in action at the start of the German offensive Operation Michel.


War Diary of 16th Bn Royal Irish Rifles:

21st March - Battle. Nos 2 & 3 Coys. concentrated to west of SOMME dug-outs. N.W. GRAND SERACOURT. The entire of No 1 Coy. consisting of 9 officers and O.R failed to appear at above rendezvous, having apparently been cut off at JEANNE D'ARC were subsequently posted as missing.


3pm - Orders received from C.R.E for two Coys. to start construction of a track for artillery near ST SIMON. No 2 & 3 Coys started on this work.

Acknowledgments

Jo Bayley