Other names: Arthur Stanley
Locations in this story: Gillingham, DorsetFrance & FlandersShaftesbury, DorsetWest Flanders, Belgium
Story: Arthur Stanley King was born in Gillingham, Dorset, in 1896 the son of Stephen King and Emily Ann King (nee Chapple). (Stephen's first wife, Virtue King (nee Hanks), the mother of some of his children, had died in 1893. Arthur lived most of his early life in the Wyke, Gillingham, area. He had enlisted and joined the Training Battalion of the Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 7/5591). He served in France and Flanders with the 2nd Battalion (Service No. 38557) where he was presumed killed in action in Flanders on 2 Dec 1917. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Flanders, Belgium, (Panels 105 to 106). He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. His name also appears on the Gillingham, Dorset, War Memorial. His half-brothers also served of whom Charlie Stephen King (whose widow lived in Layton Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset,) was also killed in action whereas Edmund Arnold King served and survived the conflict.