- Born: Dec 1917, Hemsworth, Yorkshire
- Marriage (1): LISTER, Dorothy Louise in Dec 1941 in South Kirkby, Pontefract, Yorkshire
- Died: 8 Oct 1942, Iraq aged 24
Service No: T/155909
Date of Death: 08/10/1942
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Service Corps 375 Gen. Transport Coy.
Grave Reference 22. K. 7.
Cemetery BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Ernest and Elizabeth Bagshaw, of South Kirkby, Yorkshire; husband of Dorothy Bagshaw, of South Kirkby.
During the Second World War, Baghdad was again an objective of Commonwealth forces. The 20th Indian Infantry Brigade reached the city from Shaiba by the Euphrates route on 12 June 1941 and the 21st Indian Infantry Brigade, part of the 13th Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers, together with the 157th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, arrived on 19 June via the Tigris. An advanced base was established later near the city and remained in use until 1946.
Most of the 296 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried in the cemetery died of illness or by accident when serving with PAIFORCE. Again, a number of the graves were brought in from other burial grounds.
Within the cemetery is the Baghdad (North Gate) (Khanaqin) Memorial, commemorating 104 Commonwealth servicemen, 437 Polish soldiers and 3 Arab Legionnaires of the Second World War buried in Khanaqin War Cemetery which, owing to difficulty of access, could not be properly maintained.
The North Gate Cemetery also contains 127 war graves of other nationalities from both wars, 100 of them Turkish, and 41 non-war graves.
Arthur married Dorothy Louise LISTER, daughter of Wilmot LISTER and Sarah Ann PINDER, in Dec 1941 in South Kirkby, Pontefract, Yorkshire. (Dorothy Louise LISTER was born on 17 Oct 1921 in Moorthorpe, Yorkshire and died on 31 Dec 2008 in Pontefract, Yorkshire.)