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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of William James Melbourne at Redhill, Arnold Cemetery.
Photo by Peter Gillings
Person Details
Stoke on Trent Staffordshire
William was born in 1871, and although not a native of Arnold, had resided for many years in Daybrook at 4 Bell's Terrace Portland Street. He was married to Margaret Elizabeth Melbourne (née Rowland) and they had six children - William James, Mary Ann, George Henry, Margaret E, Sidney R and Lily Melbourne.
He was employed as a coal miner at Gedling Colliery.
19 Jan 1917
44
2749813 - CWGC Website
89684
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Royal Field Artillery
He had previously served in the Boer War of 1899-1902, and during the campaigns of 1914/15 he was wounded in France. On recovering from these wounds he was posted to serve in Salonika and subsequently was moved to Egypt from which country he was invalided home and became an in patient at Runcorn Hospital where he died. He was given a military funeral at Redhill Cemetery Arnold. His coffin which was of oak fitted with brass furniture, was conveyed on a gun carriage and covered with the Union Flag. The military bearer party was provided by The Sherwood Foresters and came from their Depot at Derby. At the conclusion of the service at the cemetery, conducted by Mr S. Dove, buglers sounded the 'Last Post'.
He is buried at Arnold Redhill Cemetery CWGC incorrectly cites 46 as Melbourne's age at death and his declared age of 36 on the 1911 Census was also inaccurate. His birth was registered O/N/D/1872. David Nunn
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of William James Melbourne at Redhill, Arnold Cemetery.
Photo by Peter Gillings
    William James Melbourne - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of William James Melbourne at Redhill, Arnold Cemetery. Photo by Peter Gillings