Arthur Millwood was the son of Harry and Emily Millwood and was born in Kington, Herefordshire. His family came to live in Wordsley and he attended King Edward’s School, Stourbridge, from 1911 to 1915. He enlisted in the later stages of the war and was sent to the 9th Training Reserve Battalion. From there he went to the 5th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, the Green Howards. He probably arrived on the Western Front early in 1918 and went into the front line to face the great Spring Offensives of the German army. On the 21st March the Green Howards were in the trenches just north of St. Quentin. They were pushed back, fighting at the Somme Crossings and Rosières, steadily losing casualties but never broken. They were not relieved until the 1st April after ten days of continual action. There was little rest as the enemy’s second offensive opened on the Lys on the 9th April. The Green Howards were in action at Estaires and then pushed back towards Hazebrouck. Again, they suffered heavy casualties and on the 11th Private Arthur Millwood was killed in action. He was 18 years of age and is buried in Croix-du-Bac Military Cemetery (Special Memorial F 19) near Steenwerck and commemorated on the Wordsley and King Edward VI College Memorials.
Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1TD
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