Arthur John Mackie

266514, Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.

Missing In Action on the 2nd September 1918 aged 21.

Arthur was the son of Albert & Ellen Mackie. He had been employed as a Carpenter by Bert Wright at the brewery in Walkern. He joined up in 1914 when aged only 17 and had served in France since 1915. He had a brother who was serving at the time in Egypt.

On the 2nd September 1918 the Battalion were in position at Fremicourt. A creeping artillery barrage opened an attack on German positions but when the forward companies of the Battalion reached them they were found to be empty of any enemy troops. The Battalion moved forward for a further 4 miles until they made contact with the enemy. It was during this action that Arthur was killed.

He has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas-De Calais, France. (Panel 10.)

Medal Entitlement: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal

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