Arthur Drinkall

KOYLIPrivate, 21138, 8th (Service) Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action 1st July 1916, aged 21

Born at Crowle in October 1895, Arthur was the son of John Henry and Harriet Drinkall (nee Bonnington). His mother was from Gainsborough and his father was a farm worker from Crowle. In 1901 the family were living in Blyth where his father was a farm foreman. In 1911 Arthur had left home to become a market gardener in Methley near Pontefract.

Arthur enlisted in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at Doncaster in 1914-1915 and arrived with the 8th (Service) Battalion in France on 26th August 1915.

Arthur died in the same action as Cyril Gilbert, at Authuile Wood on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Arthur is not commemorated on Crowle War Memorial.