Effect Bag: Private Arthur Elderton
One rectangular white cotton bag used to send Private Arthur Elderton's personal belongings home to his mother Sarah after he died of battle wounds on 10 July 1916. The purple stamped ink reads: "6/3008 Pte A. Elderton. Disc, gold locket, Photos, Testament, Wallet, Badge, Coin, Purse, Diary, Compass, Scissors, Button, 2 Studs 18th July 1916".
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He served in Egypt and Turkey, finishing off his service in France. On 9 July 1916, Elderton suffered a shrapnel wound to the stomach after a shell attack in Armentieres, France. An operation to repair the wounds was unsuccessful and Private Elderton passed away the following day. He was 22 years old.
Elderton’s possessions were sent home to his mother, Sarah, in this cotton effects bag. The text on the bag reads: "6/3008 Pte A Elderton. Disc, Gold locket, Photos, Testament, Wallet, Badge, Coin, Purse, Diary, Compass, Scissors, Button, 2 Studs 18th July 1916". Private Elderton’s disk, wallet, badge, purse, diary and button are also held at Canterbury Museum.
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