THE life of a Winchester soldier who fought during WW1 will be remembered on the National Army Musuem’s new commemorative website this week.
Regimental Sergeant-Major Arthur Harrington, who was killed by a shell at Ypres in 1915, was born in St Thomas Parish to a former soldier, John Harrington, and his wife Ellen.
Though his body was never recovered his name has been listed on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.
He was one of six boys who grew up at several military bases, including Anglesea Barracks at Portsea, and joined the 1st Battalion Lincoln Regiment in 1892 and transferred to 3rd Battalion The King’s Royal Rifle Corps to serve with his elder brother in 1894.
He also served in Egypt and India and later served in the Boer War where he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
He and his wife, Florence Margaret, were living at Westbury Road in Bowes Park in London, with their daughter when war was declared in 1914. He died in battle before he was able to meet his second child, who was born in April 1915.
This week, extracts from letters he wrote to his wife from training camps and the Western Front will be displayed on the website. He is the second person to be remembered in a specialist series created for the museum’s new site, First World War in Focus.