Other names: Arthur Eldred
Locations in this story: Farnham, DorsetStroud Farm, Sturminster, Dorset
Story: Arthur Eldred Woolfries was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 9th October 1892 and baptised there on 20th November 1892, the son of Francis Woolfries and Elizabeth Annie Woolfries (née Jeans). He spent much of his early life in and around Farnham. He enlisted on 9th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 8th February 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 9th September 1916 (Service No. 21227) then on three other occasions to 10th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (14th November 1916) (Service No. 33065), the Northumberland Fusiliers (14th July 1917) (Service No. 55155) and finally the 683rd Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (20th February 1918) (Service No. 528523). Throughout his military service he was based in the UK. He was finally discharged on 3rd April 1919 and went back to his parents home in Farnham. 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 1st March 1961. Of his brothers Edwin Woolfries served but regrettably died in the conflict whilst Harry Woolfries and Charles Woolfries both served and survived. Arthur had two brothers who served in the war: Harry (b.1891) in the Royal Field Artillery, and Edwin (b.1898) who sadly died at Gallipoli while serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment.