ARTHUR ASHTON MASSEY – PRIVATE PS/5297
Arthur Ashton Massey was born in Nether Alderley (Congleton Road) in 1897 to Thomas Callwood Massey and Ada Eliza Massey. He was one of 5 children.
He was educated at Wilmslow Grammar School and by the time he was 14 he was a pupil at Dinglewood Preparatory School in Colwyn Bay. The school had been set up by Stanley Wood also of Alderley Edge.
After leaving school he joined the firm of Isaac Massey.
Arthur enlisted in Manchester in the early part of September 1914 in the Public School’s Battalion, formed in Manchester and which subsequently became the 20th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.
From the earliest days of the war he took a keen interest in the Civilian League Movement and of his own free will he spent all his spare time in drilling with them on the recreational ground.
After his basic training, Arthur was drafted with the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 15th November 1915. He was killed on 15th March 1916 aged 19.
British War Medal
Arthur is buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France