Arthur John Cornhill


Arthur John Cornhill


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
7th Bn.


British War and Victory medals


Pier and Face 5 D.

UK Memorials

Broxbourne Town Memorial
St Augustine’s Church Memorial, Broxbourne
Hoddesdon and Rye Park Town Memorial
St Catherine and St Paul’s Church Memorial, Hoddesdon
Stanstead Abbotts Memorial

Pre War

Born in 1887 in Broxbourne son of James and Hariett Cornhill and living in Spital Brook, Hoddesdon in 1891. He married Ada Jessie Durrant on 20 Oct 1910 in Ware and lived in 36 South Street, Stanstead Abbotts, Ware, Herts with three children. He was a nursery man.

Enlisted at Stanstead Abbotts on 29 Nov 1915.

Wartime Service

Joined East Kent Regt (The Buffs) in Bedford on 29 Nov 1915, mobilised on 30 May 1916 and embarked at Folkestone on 24 Oct 1916. Took part in Battle of the Somme from 01/07/1916 fought at Trones Wood, Delville Wood, Thiepval Ridge and the Ancre, the final battle of the Somme campaign, Arthur was killed in the attack on the German position of Desire Trench. His body was never found, and he is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial. The British attack took place in driving sleet and snow and turned into chaos. Of the 500 or so men from his unit over 250 were casualties.

Additional Information

Brother of Private Herbert Charles Cornhill who died of wounds on 22 Apr 1918 and of Private William Cornhill who died of wounds on 29 Mar 1918 and who are also commemorated on these memorials.


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