Arthur Hagger – killed in action in Flanders, 30th June 1917. Thiepval Memorial
Manchester Rgt., 1st / 8th Battalion. Rank Private, service number 351936, enlisted Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire. Awarded Victory and British War medals. 1st / 8rh Battalion was a territorial unit, part of the Manchester Brigade of the East Lancashire Division. Mobilised 10 Sept 1914 embarked for Alexandria from Southampton arriving 25 Sept 1914. 6th May 1915 landed in Gallipoli, became part of the 127th Brigade of the 42nd Division, they made an unsuccessful attempt at diverting the Turks from a large British landing. January 1916 due to high number of casualties the Division was down to a third of its original strength and was evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt to defend the Suez Canal. March 1917 Moved to France where the Division was involved in actions on the Western Front including; The Second Battle of Passchendaele.
From the war dairy and “The Volunteer Infantry” by Captain Bonner there is no record of a battle on 30th June. On the 12th the Ninth moved to Havrincourt Wood taking over from the 7th Lancs Fusiliers and on the 16th they were relieved by 4th East Lancs and marched into billets at Ytres and stayed there until returning to relieve the East Lancs on 21st. The diary then details various companies constructing trenches for burying cables. But there is an entry to say 2/Lt Ruttenau and patrol proceed to Ferry Wood to assist raiding party of 1/10 Manchester Reg – so perhaps Arthur was part of this patrol.
Born Arthur James Islington, Middlesex 1893, baptised St. Stephen, Islington 12 September 1893. Parents Henry James Hagger (B 1863) and Annie Louisa (nee Winter). HIs Great Grandparents were William Hagger (B Abt 1809 Shoreditch) and Mary (nee Bigny).
In the 1911 census was a Butchers Assistant living in South View Road, Hornsey with his mother, step father John Henry Carrick and his sister Nellie and two half siblings. His father Henry James having died in 1899.