Arthur Grubb was born in Leigh and baptised Emmanuel Arthur 17th June 1887. At this time his family lived at Lower Ashfield, Leigh. In 1891 the Census found Thomas and Mary Grubb at Smith End Green, Leigh and ten years later they lived again at Ashfield, Leigh. Thomas Grubb was an agricultural labourer, and in 1901 a fifteen year old Arthur gave his occupation as carter’s lad.
However, Arthur joined the regular army, the Worcestershire Regiment, shortly before the Great War and went to France with the 3rd Battalion at the very beginning. He was killed during the Battle of the Marne when British and French forces succeeded in pushing back the German forces on the Marne River which had up until that point had great military successes.
His parents lived on at Lower Sandlin, Leigh. Thomas Grubb was buried at Leigh Church on 6th March 1937 aged 74. Mary Ann Grubb was buried at Leigh Church on 17th September 1949 aged 91. Brother James Grubb married Edith Phillimore and was foreman at the brickyard in Cowleigh Bank. Their family are still living locally.
Two of his cousins were killed in the war – John Thomas of the 1/8th Worcestershire Regiment and Charles Henry Grubb of the Royal Field Artillery. The are all commemorated at St Edburga’s Church, Leigh.
Arthur Grubb is commemorated on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial which commemorates nearly 4,000 officers and men of the British Expeditionary Force who died in August, September and the early part of October 1914 and who have no known grave. The monument consists of a rectangular block of stone, 62 feet by 30 feet and 24 feet high, with the names of the dead engraved on stone panels on all sides of the monument. The monument is surmounted by a sarcophagus and a trophy carved in stone. At the four corners of the pavement are stone piers with urns, carved with the coats of arms of the Empire.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Mrs S Smith 2005