Known as: Bobby
Born: Birth registered in the 1st quarter of 1899
Christened: June 18, 1899
At: Woolwich, England
Died: June 18, 1918
Cause of Death: Gas Poisoning
Buried: Pernes British Cemetery, France
Rank and Initials: Gunner R
Regiment: 5th Army Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
From Bobby's copy of 'A Soldiers Own Diary'
January 1, 1918 - Started Preliminary training.
June 5, 1918 - I am on guard tonight -- 3rd. relief.
June 6, 1918 - Expecting Fritz to break through tonight, consequently have to spend night in gunpit.
June 7, 1918 - Went to Bde. Hqs. on fatigues all day. 8 inch shells drop round our gunpit while I am away. I brought back a few souvenirs.
June 8, 1918 - Sent a letter home today.June 18, 1918 -
"Robert Arnsby, the owner of this
diary, died today after about nine days illness
Bobby is buried at the Pernes British Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France
Perne-en-Artois is a small town on the main road from Lilliers to St. Pol and the British Cemetery is just west of the town on the road to Sains-les-Pernes.
The British cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and was begun in April 1918 when the 1st and 4th Canadian Casualty Clearing Stations, driven back by the German advance, came to Pernes.
The 6th and 22nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Stations arrived to be joined in August of 1918 by the 13th Canadian Casualty Clearing Station.
Almost al lof the burials at the Pernes British Cemetery were made by these units. There are 1,075 First World War burial in this cemetery. There are 18 graves from the Second World War.