Arthur Sparshott Boniface

Arthur was born in Eastleigh and in 1911, 14 year old Arthur was living with his parents, older sister and brother, and 3 younger brothers and sisters at 3 Westridge Road, Southampton.  Arthur was still at school and his father William was a furniture manufacturer.

Arthur served as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment, which landed at Marseilles on 20th March 1916 to join the troops fighting in France.  Arthur was likely to have been wounded fighting in the battles of the Somme and taken to the 36th Casualty Clearing Station at Heilly where he died on 14 October 1916. He is buried in the Heilly Station Cemetery and his family’s inscription on his grave stone reads “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. Isaiah 40”

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