Oyston, Arthur

Arthur was the second son of Emma Oyston, born at Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 12 May 1885.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Arthur enlisted at Hitchin with the Bedfordshire Territorial Army on 7 September 1914, Regimental Number G/2696.  His military records show him as a private with the East Surrey Regiment.  He embarked to the Western Front, France and Flanders on 4 October 1915 with the Tank Corps, Regimental Number 77550.  In May 1916 he was injured in the eye and gassed during the Battle of Messines.  After recovering he joined the Central Workshop and in July 1917 he was listed as a blacksmith.  On 16 January 1918 he was graded as a tank mechanic.

He survived the War and was transferred to the Reserve Regiment on 21 July 1919.

Arthur was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

Before joining the army Arthur was a blacksmith working for R Austin of Dunton, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

Arthur never married and is shown on the 1939 census as single, living in Springhead, Ashwell, and his occupation is a roadman.

Arthur died in 4th  quarter 1941 at Ashwell, Hertfordshire.

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