Baptised in Whitchurch, Shropshire 22nd May 1895, Arthur Toplady Powell was the youngest of eight children and the only son of Harriet Emma Powell and the late William Arthur Powell of 24 Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire. The family later lived in Wrexham Road and then Talbot Street.
In 1911 Arthur worked as a clerk in an estate office and lived in Bridlington Road, Sledmere, Yorkshire prior to enlisting.
Arthur was wounded in France which resulted in the amputation of his right arm. He was discharged from the Army in 1916, fitted with a prosthetic arm and retrained as left handed. He contracted tuberculosis and died in Bournemouth early November 1920.
Regiment : 5th Battalion Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment
Rank : Lance Sergeant
Service Number : 1173
Died of illness; UK November 1920 aged 25
There are a series of articles in the Whitchurch Herald chronicling the wounding and eventual death of Arthur T Powell:
8/5/1915 is a letter home having just arrived at the trenches
12/6/1915 records his initial wounding in the right arm (not thought to be serious)
26/6/1915 records his arm being amputated
3/7/1915 corrects some details in the previous article
These are then followed by the following three articles:
Information provided by Whitchurch Museum and Archives