Arthur Albert Doling

Date of birth: June 1891
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Manchester
Battalion: 20th (Service)
Rank / Service No: Private, 44432
Died: 23rd October 1918, aged 28 years
Buried: Pommereuil British Cemetery, France (D.23)


Arthur was the sixth of 7 siblings born to Charles and Sarah Ann Doling (nee Burn), who married in Southampton in 1880.

Charles was born in Shirley in 1852 and he died in the city in 1925. Sarah was born in Winchester in 1861 and she passed away in Southampton in 1902.



William Charles H.   b. 1880 Bishopstoke   d. ??

Edmund GEORGE   b. 1882 Southampton   d. 15 September 1953 Southampton   Married Daisy Hilda Louise McMahon in Southampton in 1904.

Sidney James Herbert   b. 1884 Southampton   d. 1962 Southampton   Married Annie Burton in Hitchin in 1907.

Alfred Ernest   b. 1886 Southampton   d. 1886 Southampton

Alfred FRANK   b. 1888 Southampton   d. ??   Married Emma Aslett in Southampton in 1920.

Arthur Albert

Agnes Louise M.   b. 1898   d. ??


Arthur married Ida Susan Squires in Hitchin on 26 December 1915. Ida was born in Hitchin in 1885 and the couple had no children.

Records show Ida departing for Australia from Southampton on 9 February 1921, and she arrived in Melbourne on 23 March.


She married a Tom Coppock in Australia in 1921.


Arthur originally enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment (# 20834), which would seem obvious as he was living in Hitchin at the time.

The 20th Manchester battalion was under the 91st Brigade in the 30th Division when it landed at Boulogne in November 1915.


On 20 December, the Brigade transferred to the 7th Division and the Battalion then transferred to the 22nd Brigade in the same division.

The battalion moved with the 7th Division to Italy in November 1917; it left the division on 13 September 1918 and returned to France, where the battalion joined the 7th Brigade in the 25th Division.


Pommereuil was the scene of severe fighting on 23 – 24 October 1918, and the cemetery was made by the 25th Division after the capture of the village.

The cemetery contains 173 WW1 burials and it originally contained a wooden memorial to the 20th Manchester battalion, who erected in memory of their men who fell on 23 October (21 in total).



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th July 2016


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