Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
William Arthur Massey (Arthur) was born at Lightwood, Chetton, in 1895. He was the son of John Massey, a rabbit catcher, and his wife, Sarah. The family lived with John's elderly father, James, a farmer, at Heath House, Lightwood. James died in 1903 and John and Sarah took over the farm.
Arthur served with "B" Battery, 97th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. This was a unit of Kitchener's 3rd Army - which suggests that Arthur volunteered late 1914 or early 1915. He died on 20th February, 1915 and is buried in High Wycombe Cemetery. He was not awarded any medals, so is unlikely to have seen active service abroad. He appears to have died of pneumonia while still in training.
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