Arthur Cockin Markham

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Private, 40878, 2/6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment (previously 38164 Lincolnshire Regiment), killed in action, 30th November 1917, aged 22

Born at Amcotts in 1894, the elder brother of Sydney, Arthur was the third son and one of the eight children of Walter and Olive Markham (nee Cockin). His mother was from Adlingfleet and his father was from Luddington. When Arthur was born his father was a farm foreman and he later became a tenant farmer of a farm in Roxby.

Arthur also worked on the family farm and he gave his occupation as a steam ploughman when he attested for the army at Scunthorpe on 12th December 1915. Placed on reserve list he was mobilised for the Lincolnshire Regiment on 30th April 1917, reporting first to Lincoln and then for training at Grimsby. Family tradition has it that his parents were so disappointed in the farmer not reserving Arthur and his brother as ‘starred’ men that they left the farm to move to another in Grasby.

Following his training Arthur was posted to France on 1st August 1917. Following a further period of training at an Infantry Base Depot on 23rd August 1917 he was transferred to the 2/6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment.

On 30th November 1917 Arthur was with the 2/6th Stafford’s in the trenches at Bourlon Wood when they came under a heavy artillery bombardment that caused a large number of casualties. Including Arthur Markham who was hit in the back by shrapnel and died shortly afterwards.

Arthur was buried close to where he fell in a battlefield grave the site of which is now lost. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial.

Arthur is commemorated with his brother on the War Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Roxby. Fuller details of his lifestory are told on a touching tribute featured in the For King and Country exhibition produced by North Lincolnshire Museums and available to view here