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Private Arthur Edward Bettles

17235 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Son of Mr John (a soldiers' drill instructor) & Mrs Clara Bettles
Husband of Norah Jessie (nee Ayling)

Aged 21 years

Died 28th August 1916

Commemorated at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen
Grave B. 26.9.

Born at Colchester, enlisted at Rushden.
From the Burnt Records, Peter Inns & Kay Collins

Living with his parents in Kings Road, Rushden, Arthur Edward Bettles was a postman, aged 19, when he joined the Territorials at Rushden on 1st February 1915. He was 5'6¼" tall with a 36" chest (2" expansion).

On the 1st of September 1915 he went to France and was wounded in the head on the 8th April 1916. He married Norah Jessie Ayling on the 27th May 1916 at Kingston by Sea, Sussex. Their son Edward Henry John was born at Shoreham.

It is unclear when he returned to France, but Arthur died of wounds at No. 9 General Hospital, Rouen on 28th August 1916.

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.

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