Other names: William John
Locations in this story: Farnham, Wimborne Minster, DorsetChilde Okeford, DorsetBournemouth, HampshireFarnham, SurreyIndiaWoking, SurreyBognor Regis, West Sussex
Story: William John Arnold was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 4 May 1889 the son of Edward J. Arnold and Louisa Arnold. His early years were spent at Bussey Stool Lodge, Farnham, Dorset, until by 1901 the family had moved to Childe Okeford, Dorset. William became a Watch, Clock and Jewellery Jobber, and boarded out in Bournemouth, Hampshire. He married Florence May Palmer at St. Andrews Church, Farnham, Surrey, on 19 Sep 1915. He had previously joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Volunteer Reservist but was mobilized on 29 May 1916 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 88622). He served in India where he became an Acting Corporal and was finally discharged on 27 Jan 1920 and awarded the British War Medal only. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 3 Broadway, Knaps Hill, Woking, Surrey, described as a General Store Proprietor. He died in 1961 and was buried at Bognor Regis, West Sussex, on 31 Jul 1961.