Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Private Arthur Adlard, 1st Battalion, the Lincolnshire Regiment, was killed in action on the Western Front.
After leaving school, Private Adlard was employed as an underground miner loader at the Annesley Colliery. The first from his village to join up, he enlisted in Nottingham at the outbreak of the Great War and joined the British Expeditionary Force in France on the 13th of August.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Imperial War Museum give his date of death as the 12th of November, and it was thus reported in Private Adlard’s local newspaper in early December. However, a fellow soldier, Private Wilson of Retford, who had been invalided home, insisted that he was killed on the 5th of November. He told Private Adlard’s family that they had been through ten engagements together, and that he himself buried his friend and made a cross to mark the spot.
Private Adlard’s remains were not recovered, and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, at Ypres. He is also remembered on the All Saints Church war memorial in Annesley, as well as the St. Mary Magdalene war memorial and Titchfield Park war memorial, both in Hucknall.
Arthur, from Hucknall in Nottinghamshire, was 29 years old and married with two children.