Private 27991 Arthur James Rathbone

Reason: Killed in Action
Date: 15 Apr 1918
Age:   20
Theatre: France and Flanders
Main Battle   Battle of the Lys
Action:   Attack on Pacault Wood, Battle of Hazbrouck
CWGC Cemetery: Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium
Grave or Panel: Panels 2 and 3
SWFHS Memorial: Southam
     
Unit: 1st Battalion
Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Awarded: British War and Victory Medals
Enlisted: Enlisted on 18th birthday at Coventry
Arrived in Theatre:   Not yet established
Comments: Before his death Arthur was gassed, wounded and suffered from Trench Foot which saw him invalided home, however despite having to lay flat on his stomach gasping for breath he was later passed fit for duty and returned to the front.
Born:   24 Jun 1897 at Southam
 
Baptised:   8 Aug 1897 at Southam, St. James    
Parents: William and Georgina Rathbone [nee Beards]
1901 Address: Ladbroke Road, Southam
Census
1911 Address: Abbey Green, Southam
Census
1911 Occupation:   Schoolboy   Census
1914 Occupation:   Worked at Stoneythorpe Hall, Southam
   
1915 Occupation: Coventry Ordnance Factory
 
CWGC Page:      
Private Rathbone
CWGC Memorial: Ploegsteert Memorial
SWFHS Memorial: Southam
Regimental History: Warwickshire Regiment
Lest We Forget:   Southam Men in the Great War