Arthur Layton volunteered for the Worcesters and was sent to the 2nd Battalion. In 1915 they were in Artois and involved in the battles of Festubert in the Spring and Loos in the Autumn. In 1916 they moved to the Somme for the second phase of the battle, fighting at Bazentin on the 14th July and High Wood. They returned to the trenches at Delville Wood and were part of a minor attack on the 21st in the confused remains of the woodland. Eleven men were killed while they were in the front line, including Lance Corporal Arthur Layton. He was 21 years of age and is commemorated on the Thiepval and Halesowen Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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