Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Private Arthur Thomas Dolley, 1st/4th Battalion, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, was killed on the Somme when a trench collapsed.
One of four children, his father was the landlord of the Dolphin pub (now St. Aldate’s Tavern) in Oxford. The family had for several generations been landlords of the pub, with several members of the family being champion rowers with their own pub team in the regatta. Before joining the army at the outbreak of the Great War, Private Dolley was employed as a clerk at St. Ebbe’s Gasworks.
On the 30th of November in 1915, he wrote to one of his sisters, telling her how bad the trenches were due to the appalling conditions, and that they could collapse without warning. Four days later he was killed during such a collapse, and lies buried in the Hebuterne Military Cemetery in France.
Arthur, from Oxford, was 23 years old.