Arthur Lunt was born to John and Mary Jane Lunt on 16th September 1886 at 47 Manor Street, Accrington. At the age of 14, Arthur was working at Broad Oak Printworks, where his civilian employment was to continue until his death in 1951. On 11th May 1910 at Sacred Heart Church in Accrington he married Margaret McKenna, with whom he was to have six children over a period of 20 years. Arthur was a keen sportsman, and also sang in the choir at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church.
In September 1914, Arthur joined the Accrington Pals, and was wounded in the upper left arm and shoulder during the battalion's fateful attack on Serre of 1st July 1916. After recovering from his wounds in England, Arthur was posted back to the Front, and was taken prisoner-of-war during the German spring offensives of 1918. On his return to England he continued to live in Accrington until his death on 27th June 1951.
Special thanks go to Arthur's granddaughter Helen Lunt and her family for providing all the photographs and biographical details. Other source material included the Accrington Observer and Times of 15th July 1916, and a local newspaper article from 11th May 1918 kindly provided by Steve Williams.