Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Arthur John CORNHILL

Private G/10230

7th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Killed in Action 18th November 1916 aged 29

Born in 1888, in Spital Brook and lived for most of his life in Hoddesdon with his parents James and Harriet and his 3 brothers and 1 sister.  He married Ada Jessie Durrant on 22nd October 1910 and they lived at 36 South Street, where he worked locally as a nurseryman.

Arthur enlisted in Bedford and joined the 7th Battalion East Kent Regiment, The Buffs, on 29th November 1915.  He was sent to France after training and took part in the First Battle of the Somme which began on the 1st July 1916.  The battle raged for over 4 months, causing over 400,000 British casualties, including 20,000 dead on the first day alone.  The final phase of the battle took place from September to November.  During this period Arthur’s unit was involved in an assault on a German position known as Desire Trench. This took place in driving sleet and snow and turned into chaos and of the 500 plus men who took part there were over 250 casualties including, Arthur Cornhill.

His body was never recovered and he is commemorated along with over 72000 names on the Thiepval Memorial.

Medals Awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal