Arnold William Law

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Regiment: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Battalion: 6th
Rank / Service No: Private, 260213
Died: 25th August 1917, aged 19 years
Buried: Lijssenhoek Military Cemetery, Belgium (Plot VIII, Row A, Grave 1A)


Arnold was the second of 5 known siblings born to Arnold William and Emily Law (nee Sharp), who married in Reading on 3 October 1893.

It is known that the couple had 6 children, so one must have died in infancy.


Both parents were born in Reading, Arnold in 1862 and Emily on 27 July 1868.

The family lived around Bitterne Park / St Denys, with them being at 3 Appleton Road at the 1911 Census.


Arnold died in Southampton in 1932 and Emily passed away in the city in 1956.



Alice EMILY   b. 20 May 1895 Reading   d. 1981 New Forest   Married William A. Lamborne in Southampton in 1915.

Arnold William 

Leslie Stuart   b. 29 May 1900 Wycombe   d. 1989 Romsey   Married Fanny E. Webb in Southampton in 1929.

Lilian Frances   b. 6 April 1904 Wycombe   d. 2000 Southampton aged 96 years

Cyril Edwin   b. 1907 Wycombe   d. 1994 Southampton


Arnold died during the Third Battle of Ypres, when the British attempted to move north-east from the Messines Ridge.

They were thwarted by a dogged enemy and deteriorating weather.


The village was situated on the main communication line between Allied military bases in the rear and the Ypres battlefields.


Being close to the front lines but out of reach of most German artillery, Lijssenhoek soon became a centre for Casualty Clearing Stations.


The cemetery contains 9,901 Commonwealth WWI burials.


Arnold’s headstone reads: “ Lord remember me in paradise.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th November 2016


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