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Information from Clive Wood, 2008
Private Arthur Thomas Ager

9632 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Pte Ager
Pte A T Ager
The Argus newspaper
Son of Mr Arthur & Mrs Annie Ager

Aged 19 years

Died 9th May 1915

Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Panel 28 to 30

Born at Rushden, enlisted at Wellingborough. Brother-in-law of C A Mansbridge.
Rushden Argus, 9th October, 1914, transcribed by John Collins

In the Mons Fight - A Rushden Soldier’s Thrilling Experiences of the Battle

Private Ager, of Rushden, has been invalided home suffering from dysentery. He belongs to the 1st Northamptons, and went through the Battle of Mons. Of the fight, he says: “We had an order, ‘Prepare to rush,’ and we rushed. More than half the Germans ran back, but we got home. I got one in the side with my bayonet. My chums went down each side of me in that charge. I had dysentery bad then, and when the sargeant saw my condition he put me on a cart and I was taken to hospital. I think it was lack of food that made me ill.” Private Ager hopes soon to be able to return to the front.

Evening Telegraph, Saturday 5th June 1915, transcribed by John Collins.

Rushden Man Missing Since May 9th

Another Rushden man, Pte. Arthur Ager, of the 1st Northants Regt., has been missing since the Aubers Ridge battle. His uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson, of Moor-road, Rushden, are anxious for news concerning him. Pte. J. Tomkins informs them that since the fight he has not been seen or heard of, and this is all they know up to the present.

Evening Telegraph, Saturday 19th June 1915, transcribed by John Collins.

Confirmation of Rushden Man’s Death

We reported last week the unofficial news of the death of Private Arthur Ager, of the 1st Northants Regiment. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Ager, of Winstanley-road, Wellingborough (formerly of Rushden), have now received an official note from the War Office stating that he was killed in action on May 9th. They are very grateful for the sympathy shown to them.

Private Arthur AgerRushden Echo & Kettering Leader, June 11 1915, transcribed by Clive Wood

At Aubers Ridge Rushden Private Falls on the Fateful Sunday

Much regret and sympathy have been roused by the death of Pte Arthur Ager of the 1st Northants Regt. which occurred in the terrible Aubers Ridge battle. He had formerly been reported missing but there now appears to be no doubt that he is dead. In a letter received on Saturday by the deceased soldier’s relatives, the officer commanding 'D' Company writes "In reply to your letter I regret to inform you that your son 9632 Pte A Ager, has been missing since the 9th of May, when the battalion was last in action. Since then no news has been had of him. If any news is forthcoming of his whereabouts I will inform you as soon as possible". In a post-script he says: Since writing, news has just been received to say your son was killed on May 9th. Please accept our deepest sympathy from officers and men of the 'D' Co. Photo by C F Chapman

Rushden Echo, May 12 1916, transcribed by Clive Wood

A Year Ago Rushden 'Steelbacks' Death Confirmed

Private Arthur Thomas Ager, of the Northants was the son of Mr & Mrs Ager late of Rushden and now of 107 Winstanley-road, Wellingborough. He fell in action at Aubers Ridge last year, the anniversary of which was observed on Tuesday, May 9th and his death has only recently been confirmed.

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