Born: 24th May 1913, Ipswich.

Died: 27th July 1944; age 29.

Residence: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5832841.

Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion – Infantry.


Grave Reference:


Gauhati War Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Robert & Annie J. Wales, of 64, Surrey Road, Ipswich; husband of Gertrude Emily Wales, of Ipswich.


Father: John Robert Wales, born September 1884, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. A Wood Working Machinist.

Mother: Annie Josephine Wales (nee Hayes), born September 1892, Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland.



Arthur was a French Polisher. He was living with his parents & siblings.

John, a Wood Working Machinist.

Annie, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Josephine Mary Wales, unpaid Domestic Duties, born April 1916, Ipswich.

Vera Kathleen Wales, a Silk Work Machinist, born September 1918, Ipswich.

James Samuel Wales, a Lorry Driver – Bacon & Provisions – Wholesale Deliveries.

Eileen Elizabeth Wales, at School, born January 1928, Ipswich.


In 1940, Ipswich, Arthur married Gertrude Emily Channing, born 1922, Ipswich.

They had 1 daughter.


1st (Regular) Battalion:
September 1939: The Battalion was sent to Egypt with General Wavell’s 30,000
December 1940: Was involved in “Operation Compass”
June 1942: Involved with Field Marshal Montgomery’s 8th Army in other major battles in the North African campaign such as Tobruk and El Alamein.
Early in 1944: Was sent to the Far East, to serve as an air landing unit with the Chindits 2nd Expedition.
March 1944: Landed behind Japanese lines in Burma their objective was to delay Japanese reinforcements that were attempting to stem the British advance in Burma.

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