Digging up the story of an unknown soldier
SHEENBORO Nov. 11, 2018
One Chichester casualty of the First World War had largely gone forgotten until last Sunday, when Sheenboro’s Remembrance Day ceremony paid special tribute to him and his story was taught to all in attendance.
Pte. Arthur Francis Furlong, a soldier across five battles in WWI, was honoured at the service, after 100 years of relative anonymity in the area, and his name left off war memorials.
However, his story came to light this past summer, as Ray Heney dug further into his genealogy. Doing a bit of research online, Heney learned that Furlong was his first cousin, twice removed, and through some further digging through service records, pieced together the soldier’s journey.
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