Arthur Groom was an employee of the Raunds Co-operative Society in Northamptonshire for thirteen years. His father had been a staunch supporter of the co-operative movement and Arthur himself was described in the Co-operative News as a ‘thorough co-operator.’ He held Co-operative Union certificates for Co-operation, Bookkeeping, Auditing, Secretaryship and Management.
Groom died on 9 March 1917, as a result of an attack on his position. He died instantly of his wounds and was buried in the Grove Town Cemetery in Mealte in France.
Co-operative News, 7 April 1917, page 338.
WWI co-operative voices
This post is part of ‘WWI co-operative voices’ which shares the stories of co-operative workers and members during the conflict. In order to mark the centenary of the WWI, the Rochdale Pioneers Museum is staging an exhibition entitled ‘From shop floor to front line’ and the accounts of these soldiers, shop workers and conscientious objectors will run alongside it. They are tales of death, duty and of those who chose not to fight.
Through ‘WWI co-operative voices’ we will be releasing new posts about these individuals throughout the duration of the exhibition (due to open mid-May 2015 and run until May 2016). Read about the co-operative movement’s involvement in a war that shook the world by selecting a name from the column on the left. You can also follow us on social media for regular updates.
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We wish to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the ‘From shop floor to front line’ exhibition and project.