William Samuel Arnold

Surname: Arnold
Other names: William Samuel
Other people in this story:
Headley Hector Arnold
Clara Jane Arnold (nee Wheeler)
Caroline Maria Meech
Locations in this story:
Iwerne Courtney, Dorset
Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Duntish, Buckland Newton, Dorset
Fordington, Dorset
Dorchester, Dorset

William Samuel Arnold was born in Iwerne Courtney, Dorset, on 10 Apr 1897 and baptised there on 8 Aug 1897 the son of Headley Hector Arnold, a Carpenter and Joiner, and Clara Jane Arnold (nee Wheeler). He spent his early life in Iwerne Courtney and Well Bottom, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, until the family moved to Duntish, Buckland Newton, Dorset, by 1911. William had enlisted in the Royal Navy on 20 Apr 1915 and, in the main, had served on either HMS Aurora or HMS Curlew, both Light Cruisers, as a Ship's Carpenter. (Service No. M.13107). He was discharged on 12 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Caroline Maria Meech in Fordington, Dorset, on 13 Jan 1923. Regrettably he passed away in Sept 1930 at the age of only 33 years and was buried in Dorchester Cemetery, Dorchester, Dorset.


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