G/17675, Lance Corporal, Arthur CANNON
Aged 34

7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
formerly Pte. 3437, Sussex Yeomanry
Died of his Wounds on Sunday 2nd December 1917

Born in Newmarket, in Q2-1883, [Newmarket 3b:580] 2nd son of Joseph and Sarah E. CANNON (née SHARP) of Primrose Cottage Stables, High Street, Newmarket. His mother died (believed to be 1888 in Christchurch, Hampshire) and his father re married to Annie Elizabeth ( née SHARP) .

1891 census...Arthur [8] was at Clifton House Stables, High Street, Newmarket with his father Joseph [45], racehorse trainer, born Eton, Bucks and stepmother Annie E [25] born Packington, Warwickshire and his brother Joseph Henry [14] and sister Dorothy Carr[10]; uncle Harry O SHARP [30] assistant trainer.

1901 census...Arthur has not been found. Possibly he was the commercial traveller, Alfred CANNON, born 1883 in Newmarket, who was lodging at 87 Chiswell Street, London. His father, stepmother, brother Joseph Henry[24], sister Hilda Gladys [22], half sister Joan [7] and half brother Noel Victor [3] were at Lordship Stud.

1911 census...Arthur [28] a journalist, was at 19 Lambert Road, Brixton Hill, London with his journalist uncle James Henry SMITH and aunt Mary Ann and his half sister Edith Millicent CANNON.

On 4th April 1914 he married Edith Wilbraham SMITH in St Saviours, Brixton Hill, Lambeth. They lived at 12 Trouville Road, Clapham Park, London.

He enlisted in Lambeth, London. He was wounded during the German counter attack near Cambrai and died at 21 Casualty Clearing Station, Ytres, France a few km from his cemetery. The battalion had 8 killed two days earlier which may have been when Arthur was wounded.

photo: Rodney Gibson

Arthur is buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road Cemetery, Manancourt, France France. Ref V.C.13

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