Millington, Arthur

Arthur Millington was the son of Charles and Jane Millington, 32 Stanley Rd, Buckley Square. From the 1911 census, Charles and Jane Millington had 10 children, 9 living including Charles, Arthur, George, Annie, Harry, Jane, Martha, and Ellen.

The North Wales Coast Pioneer, reported July 2 1916 that Mr. Charles Millington, Stanley-road, Buckley, paid a visit to Oldham Hospital, to see his son, Private Charles Millington, who was severely wounded in the recent heavy fighting in France. Charles Millington was living in Oldham after the war.

From his Service Record, Arthur Millington was 19 years 9 months when he enlisted 12 Dec 1915. He served Home (UK) 12 Dec 1915 to 4 October 1916, and in Egypt 5 Oct 1916 to 26 March 1917. He was a collier before enlistment.

Arthur Millington was one of four Buckley soldiers who died on 26 March 1917 at the First Battle of Gaza, the others being William CoxWilliam Henry Hayes, and Edmund Godfrey Catherall. All are named either on the Jerusalem Memorial or Gaza War Cemetery. Edward Catherall from Pentrobin, named on the Hawarden Memorial, also died 26 March and is named on the Jerusalem Memorial. From an article on Wikipedia, British casualties amounted to 4,000; 523 killed, 2932 wounded and over 512 missing. The CWGC website list 175 men from the RWF who died on 26th March, named on Jerusalem or Gaza memorials, and 6 who died on 27th March.

The RWF were part of the 158th (North Wales) brigade which advanced from Mansura, attacking a position called Ali Muntar. “The attacking infantry brigades met with stubborn opposition from determined defenders, firing from strong entrenchments with a clear view of the infantry line of advance, over completely open ground. In these conditions, the attacking infantry’s artillery support proved inadequate and a very high number of casualties was suffered.”

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