Arthur Charles Langrish

Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Grenadier Guards
Battalion: 3rd
Rank / Service No: Drummer, 13953
Died: 5th February 1918, aged 24 years
Buried: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France (Plot V, Row E, Grave 55)


Arthur was the second of 7 siblings born to Alfred William and Annie Langrish (nee King), who married in Southampton in 1892.

There are 2 further siblings born prior to that marriage; Alfred is the father, because he is living on his own as a “widower” at the 1891 Census, but the mother is unknown


At the 1911 Census, the family were at “Portobello” in West Park Road, Polygon, where Annie was a “boarding house keeper”.


Alfred was born in Petersfield in 1859 and he died in Southampton in 1928, leaving £139 8s 3d to his son Albert.

Annie was born in Winchester in 1867 and she passed away in Southampton in 1927.




Archibald Ernest William b. 17 June 1883 Winchester   d. 1951 Southampton   Married Ethel M. Cross in Southampton in 1933.

Albert Edward b. 7 February 1888 Winchester   d. 1950 Southampton   Married Louisa R. Cable in Winchester in 1913. 

Annie DAISY W.   b. 1892 Southampton   d. 1968 Bridgwater   Married John W. Moon in Southampton in 1917.

Arthur Charles

Cecil Harold   b. 1895 Southampton   d. 1896 Southampton

Helena May   b. 1898 Southampton   d. 1898 Southampton

Percival Samuel   b. 1901 Southampton   d. 1901 Southampton

William George   b. 1901 Southampton   d. 1901 Southampton

Alice Ena   b. 30 May 1906 Southampton   d. 1996 Southampton   Married Albert F. Linney in Southampton in 1927. 


The 3rd Grenadiers were in Wellington Barracks, London at the outbreak of war. They landed at Le Havre on 27 July 1915 and, by 19 August, were under the command of the 2nd Guards Brigade in the Guards Division.


The battalion was in the reserve line near Arras at the beginning of February 1918.

Despite their relative safety, there was a gas attack on the night of the 1st/2nd February, with 104 “slight” casualties.


It is known that the effects of the gas were not noticed for 24 hours, so Arthur may well have succumbed.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th November 2016


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