Arthur Riley: The 118th Machine Gun Company joined, 118th Brigade, 39th Division on the 21st of March 1916. On the 30th June 1916 they were in action in an attack near Richebourg l’Avoue with the Sussex battalions suffered heavy casualties. They were in action during the Battles of the Somme, including, the fighting on the Ancre, The Battle of Thiepval Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre heights and the capture of Schwaben Reddoubt and Stuff Trench as well as The Battle of the Ancre. In 1917 they fought in The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of Langemarck, The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, The Battle of Polygon Wood and The Second Battle of Passchendaele. – See more at: http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/machineguncorps118.php#sthash.8Koqa4sc.dpuf
Born: 26th March 1893 Fairfield to Henry & Sarah Riley, registered Chapel-en-le-Frith Vol 7b Page 853 A/M/J. Arthur was christened on 26th April 1893 at St Peters. Arthur started North Road School on 2nd December 1896.
1901 Census: Living at 7 Heaton Place aged 8yrs.
1911 Census: Living at 73 Kings Road, Fairfield.
Occupation: Engine Cleaner Aged 18yrs. The family were nearly altogether in the same house for the first time, Arthur was living with Mum, Dad and 8 of his brothers & sisters.
1912: Arthur married Sarah Bennet Bingham on 22nd June at St Johns Church, Tideswell he gave his age as 21 when in fact he was 19yrs old. Registered at Bakewell Vol 7b Page 1598.
Residence: at time of death Tideswell.
Military: Pte: 68218 Notts & Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Pte: 87235 MGC.
Memorial: Tyne Cot Panel 154 – 159 & 163A.