Arthur Leonard Scorey

Date of birth:           June 1897
Place of birth:         Southampton
Service No:              36058
Rank:                          Private
Regiment:                 Royal Berkshire Regiment
Died:                           15th October 1917 aged 20 years
Death location:      France

Family life
Arthur Leonard Scorey was born in June 1897, the son of Arthur Richard Scorey (a housepainter) and Alice Mary Scorey.  The 1911 census shows the family was living in 9 St. Mary’s Place, Southampton.  Arthur was 14, his siblings were Sydney aged 18 and Norman aged 7.

Military service
Arthur enlisted as a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment.  The Battalion had been formed in August 1914 as part of First New Army (K1) and was placed under the command of 35th Brigade in 12th (Eastern) Division.  They moved between various barracks in Kent and arrived in Malplaquent Barracks in Aldershot on 1st March 1915.  The Brigade was then sent to France and landed on 31st May 1915.

Arthur was killed in action on 15th October 1917 and is buried in the Monchy British Cemetery at Monchy-le-Preux, grave reference IO3.  Monchy British Cemetery is 2 kilometres west of Monchy-le-Preux village in the Pas-de-Calais region of France and was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (who also designed the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London).  There are 581 Commonwealth servicemen (of which 523 were able to be identified) of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery and the graves are very closely linked to the divisions which fought on this front.

Monchy-le-Preux village, in a high and commanding position, had been captured by the Commonwealth forces on 11th April 1917.  The cemetery was begun at once and continued to be used as a front line cemetery until taken by the Germans in their offensive of March 1918.  It was recaptured a few months later on 26th August by Canadian forces and used again for a few weeks.

Records show that Arthur was awarded the Victory Medal and British Medal and also record that, at the time of his death, Arthur’s parents were living at 28 South Front, Southampton.

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