Louis John McArthur

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: S/7438
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Battalion: 2nd
Died: 1st July 1916 aged 20 years
Death location: France and Flanders


Life before the War
Louis’ father was Angus who was born in 1853 in Southampton.  His mother Fanny was born in Christchurch, Hampshire in 1854.

In the 1901 census the family lived at 17 Union Street, Shirley, Southampton.  Angus was a Mariner who served on the seas but he was at home when the census was taken.

By 1911 Angus was a widower and living with his son (shown as Lewis) as boarders in the household of Alice Mintrim at 19 Norfolk Road, Southampton.  Angus was a Foreman Stevedore and Louis was attending school.

On his death in 1920, almost to the year following the death of his only child, Angus left a Probate:
“McArthur Angus of 19 Norfolk Road Southampton foreman stevedore died 28 June 1920. Probate Winchester 24 July 1920 to Sydney Le Neven Downer shipwright. Effects £450 4s 8d”


War Service
Louis was very young when he died, less than one year after the commencement of WWI, and our research does not reveal where he saw action in France.  He is Remembered with Honour at the Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colinscamp.  At the centre of the headstone is a cross. It reads:

“McArthur, Lce. Cpl. L.,
S/7438. 2nd Bn. Seaforth Highlanders.
1st July, 1916. I. I. 69”


Sucrerie Military Cemetery

Sucrerie Military Cemetery

He is also remembered on both the Southampton Cenotaph and the Memorial Wall.  For his service to his country, he was awarded the 1914 – 1915 Star.

Soldiers Effects – a credit of £4 11d was paid on 4th September 1916 with a further war gratuity of £5 10s paid on 26th August 1919 made payable to his father Angus who was the sole beneficiary.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 24th June 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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