Arthur Wale was the son of Noah and Amelia Wale of the 14 The Village, Kingswinford. He volunteered in London and joined the Seaforth Highlanders. He served in the 6th Battalion in the 51st (Highland) Division which went to the Western Front in 1915. They fought on the Somme at High Wood and the Ancre in 1916 and then moved up to face the Hindenburg Line to the east of Arras. They attacked the strong German defences in the first battle of the Scarpe which opened on the 9th April. They made a major advance in this very significant battle but the Seaforths took many casualties. Private Arthur Wale was seriously injured and taken to a Casualty Clearing Station where he died on the 16th. A friend commented on ‘his moral courage’ and ‘fearless heroism’ He is buried Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension (II E 28) and commemorated on the Kingswinford Memorial.
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