Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.
Arthur George Tonkinson was born at Wolverhampton in 1889. He was the son of William Tonkinson, a grocer, and his wife Elizabeth. The family lived in Stafford Street but later moved to 247 Tettenhall Road. After retirement, Albert's parents settled at 'Winton', Codsall.
Arthur enlisted in about October 1914, joining the 1/5 Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. He went to France with his battalion in March 1915 and probably saw action during the German liquid fire attack at Hooge in July. He went missing on 13th of October 1915, during the Battle of Loos, when his division attacked the Hohenzollern Redoubt. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.
L/Sergeant Arthur George Tonkinson, 9384, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star. His brother Albert is also remembered on the Codsall War Memorial.
This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.