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Private Arthur Womack

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Arthur Womack is commemorated at Lister Lane Cemetery on the gravestone of grave number 1971

 

Monumental Inscription

 

In affectionate remembrance of Martha Hanna, the beloved daughter of John Henry and Violetta Briggs, of Northowram, who died June 24th 1871, aged 3 years and 6 months.

Also Joseph, son of the above, who died January 15th 1873, aged 10 months.

Also Lilly Ann, daughter of the above, who died May 8th 1885, aged 4 years and 6 months.

Also Sam, son of the above, who died August 9th 1887, aged 13 years.

Also of the above named John Henry Briggs, who died February 23rd 1896, aged 53 years.

Also Pte Arthur Womack, 2nd Batt. York and Lancaster Reg. son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth Womack, and grandson of the above killed in action October 2nd 1917, somewhere in France, aged 25 years.

In life respected in death lamented.

Also Violetta, wife of the above named John Henry Briggs, who died Nov. 23rd 1918, in her 81st year.

At rest.

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Arthur Womack was the son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth Womack, of then 33, Thomas Street South, Hopwood Lane, Halifax.

 

The family had moved from Gildersome (where Arthur was born) to Halifax a few years before and prior to enlisting in January 1917, Arthur was employed at Dean Clough. He joined the 2nd Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment and after eleven weeks training he was sent to France, leaving the day before Good Friday.

 

In the Halifax Courier, dated Saturday, October 13, 1917 it was reported that his parents had received several letters from the Front informing them Arthur, aged 25, had been killed on October 2nd. Second Lieutenant G.H. Bond had written:

 

"...He was one of my platoon and whilst we were in the front line this time he was unfortunately buried by a shell. Everything possible was done to extricate him, but by the time we had got him out he was dead. I am very sorry indeed to lose him as he was a good and brave fellow..."

 

Arthur was buried at Loos British Cemetery,  Pas de Calais, France, grave reference  XX. A. 29. (CWGC)

(Note: CWGC documentation gives Arthur's date of death as 1st October 1917)

Sources of biographical information including the image of Private Arthur Womack:

The Halifax Courier, dated October 13th, 1917

 

CWGC: Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission