At 4pm this afternoon I attended a Service of Remembrance at Laverton Village Hall to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War and I was invited to light a candle in remembrance of Pte M/340163 Arthur W. Box, Spare Parts Depot, Royal Army Service Corps. During the service 12 candles were lit, one for each of the men from the village who died during the war.
Arthur, who was known by his middle name William, grew up in Broadway but at the time of his enlistment was working as a chauffeur in Laverton. William died of nephritis on 14th January 1918 in Tanganyika, German East Africa (now Tanzania) and he is buried in Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery.
William is commemorated on the memorial inside Laverton Village Hall and on the stone memorial tablet inside St Michael’s Church, Buckland, and on the Broadway War Memorial.