b. 1894 Halifax, Yorkshire. d. 01/08/1917 France.
DATE OF AM ACTION: 31/07/1917 Inglingham, France.
Arthur was the son of Elijah and Sarah Ann Halstead, and lived at 8 Buxton Street, Halifax, Yorkshire. After schooling, he became a clerk, and on the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted with the 10th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment. He was commissioned on 6th July 1916. He was awarded both the Military Cross and Albert Medal, and the medals were posted to his mother.
On ithe 31st July, 1917, during instruction in the throwing of live bombs, a bomb was accidentally dropped. Lieutenant Halstead placed himself between the bomb and the soldier who had dropped it in order to screen him, and tried to kick the bomb away, but it exploded, fatally wounding him. The soldier was slightly wounded, and there can be little doubt that Lieutenant Halstead’s gallant action saved the soldier’s life.
BURIAL LOCATION: LONGUENESSE SOUVENIR CEMETERY, LONGUENESSE, FRANCE.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.