|The Rushden Echo, 1st September, 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Charge of The Northamptons - Another Rushden Victim
Private A. E. Bettles Dies of Wounds
Yesterday, we regret to say, Mrs. J. T. Bettles, of 24, King’s-road, Rushden, received official news that her son, Pte. Arthur E. (“Ted”) Bettles, 17235, Northants Regiment, has died of wounds received in action in France. The letter from the War Office, which is accompanied by a letter of sympathy from the King and Queen, signed by Mr. Lloyd George, states that Pte. Bettles died in a hospital at Rouen. From other information to hand we gather that Pte. Bettles was fatally wounded in the glorious charge of the Northamptons, referred to in our last issue, in which Lieut-Col. Mobbs was wounded.
Pte. Bettles, aged 21, was a son of Sergt. Bettles, formerly recruiting sergeant at Rushden, now on home service.
The deceased soldier leaves a widow and one child, who is only four months old. He was at one time employed at Mr. J. Hyde’s boot factory, and after working there he went to Worthing, where he met his wife. He was married and returned to Rushden, and worked as postman at Rushden, taking up his father’s job, as Sergt. Bettles was made recruiting sergeant.
The young soldier had been a member of the Rushden Independent Wesleyan Sunday School and gymnasium class.