Regiment : Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Service number : 86441
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 1st November 1918 aged 28
Buried : Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany, Grave I. C. 7.
Birthplace : Pershore, Worcestershire, enlisted Bradford
Relatives : Son of Frank W. and Mary J. Moulson, of Pershore, Worcestershire
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Additional information on the memorial: Machine Gun Corps
Arthur Moulson was born on 10th October 1890 in Pershore. He enlisted in the army on 28th December 1916 at Halifax when he gave his address as 130 Paley Road, Bradford, his occupation as a master baker and his next of kin as his father, Frank Wilkinson Moulson, Pershore, Worcestershire. He was 5′ 5″ tall and was in ‘good physical condition’. Arthur embarked at Folkestone on 14th April 1917, arriving in Boulogne on 15th April 1917 and joining his company in the field on 28th April 1917. In September/October 1917 he spent time in hospital with a problem with his legs and in January 1918 he spent a further 6 days in hospital being treated for impetigo. He was posted missing on 27th May 1918, Prisoner of war in Germany from this date was added to his records at a later date. Arthur died in the Prisoner of War Hospital at Darmstadt, Germany on 1st November 1918. Information completed by his father on 7th July 1919 states that Arthur had one full blood brother, Sergeant James Moulson, R.E., age 33, and one full blood sister, Ethel Moulson, age 26, still living. James was still in the army, resident in Cologne, Germany, Ethel and their parents were resident at 130 Paley Road, Bradford.
Additional information from Pershore Parish Records, Holy Cross, Film No 216/7, available at Worcestershire Archives:
Machine Gun Corps. Brother of two preceding (Hiram and James). Went to France April 13th Easter 1917. Died December 18th in Austrian Camp. It is believed he received no letters, had no English man in Camp with him. Given R.C. Funeral.
A photograph of Private A. Moulson of Newlands, Pershore can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 18th January 1919, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Trudy Burge has created the WW1 Pershore website to commemorate the men from Pershore who served their country from 1914 to 1918: http://pershoreww1.webs.com/
Link still valid 1st November 2016.