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Arthur Stewart Churchyard

Arthur Stewart ChurchyardCaptain Arthur Stewart CHURCHYARD
6th Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own)

Date of birth: 8 December 1883
Date of death: 28 January 1917

Died of wounds received in action aged 33
Buried at Enfield (Lavender Hill) Cemetery: CB 2093

Arthur Stewart was born at Long Benton, north Tyneside to the Revd Oliver Churchyard, the Vicar, and his wife Elizabeth. By 1891 the family had moved to St Mathews Vicarage, Newcastle.

He was educated at Durham School, Neville’s Cross with his older brother, Oliver, and came up to Christ Church in 1903, his father died in 1905, and Arthur gained his BA in 1907.

In 1911 he was an assistant master at Rossall School, and the following year was appointed Lieutenant having been a Second Lieutenant in the Officers Training Corps, Sedbergh School Contingent, Junior Division, Officers Training Corps.

The Sedberghian: 5 November 1912, “we offer a hearty welcome to Mr Churchyard, Secretary of the Navy League, who is initiating many enthusiasts of the OTC into the art of scouting. 2 March 1913, “Navy League Debate. Several speakers wanted a large Navy, one speaker, in fact, so that there should be no risk of our colonies rebelling! Several more wanted airships and a larger army, but Mr Churchyard said that as soon as our trade-routes were in the hands of an enemy we would starve within a week. And no army, however huge, could save us then. A big Navy was our only safeguard. 1 February 1914, “Debating Society. On February 14th the motion “That this House approves of the recent deportations from South Africa”, yielded a very interesting and amusing debate. (…) Mr Churchyard laid emphasis on the fact that no parallel could be drawn between conditions at home and in South Africa. General Botha must have had incriminating information before taking steps, at any rate his action had averted civil war.” 5 November 1914 “School Notes, Since the beginning of the term Mr Churchyard has been gazetted to the 13th Bn Rifle Brigade.”

He commenced Service in October 1914, served in France and Italy and was wounded at Gallipoli on 4 June 1916. He died as a result of his wounds at Enfield, Middlesex on 28 January 1917. At the time of his death he was a Captain in the Rifle Brigade [The Prince Consort’s Own] attached to the 1st Dublin Fusiliers.

His Estate amounted to £1,714 12s 5d. Probate granted to his brother Major Oliver Percy Churchyard, Rifle Brigade.

Among Gallipoli items for sale at Dix Noonan Webb on 22 September 2000, though unsold on the day, was the 1914-15 Star, British War, & Victory Medals of Captain A.S.Churchyard of the Rifle Brigade and Royal Dublin Fusiliers who was wounded at Gallipoli on 4 June while serving with the latter.

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