Other names: Arthur Eldred
Locations in this story: Farnham, DorsetSturminster, Dorset
Story: Arthur Eldred Woolfries was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 9 Oct 1892 and baptised there on 20 Nov 1892 the son of Francis Woolfries and Elizabeth Annie Woolfries (nee Jeans). He spent much of his early life in and around Farnham. He enlisted on 9 Dec 1915 but was not mobilized until 8 Feb 1916 when he joined the 1st Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment as a Private. (Service No. 33851). He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry on 9 Sep 1916 (Service No. 21227) then on three other occasions to 10th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry ( 14 Nov 1916) (Service No. 33065), the Northumberland Fusiliers ( 14 Jul 1917) (Service No. 55155) and finally the 683rd Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (20 Feb 1918) (Service No. 528523). Throughout his military service he was based in the UK. He was finally discharged on 3 Apr 1919 and went back to his parents home at Farnham, Dorset. No medal records have been found in this case. By the 1939 Register he was living at Stroud Farm Sturminster, Dorset, and described as a Farmer. He remained single throughout his life and eventually died in 1961 being buried at Farnham on 1 Mar 1961.