|The Rushden Echo Friday 26 May 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Soldier Killed Lance-Corpl Arthur Bryant A Victim to Poison Gas
We regret to report the death in action of Lance-Cpl Arthur Bryant, Northants Regt., son of Mr F Bryant, of 53 Glassbrook-road, Rushden. The first news was contained in a letter to Mrs Attley, of Pemberton-street, Rushden, whose son Pte Ralph Attley was Pte Bryant's chum. The news was confirmed in letters which the deceased soldier's wife received from the Lieutenant in his platoon, from one of her cousins at the front, and also from Pte Atley, and is also commented upon in several other letters received from the front by different townfolk.
From what can be gathered of the different letters it seems that Lance-Cpl Bryant was with a working party who were out at night. When on the return journey the party were caught in gas fumes which were being sent out of the German trenches. Lance-Cpl Bryant was missing and found afterwards the next morning lying with his gas helmet on. It is assumed that he was unable to put his helmet on in time to escape the asphyxiating fumes.
Lance-Corpl Bryant joined Captain Stocken's 8th Northants Battalion while they were in Rushden, and was drafted to an active service battalion and left for France about five weeks ago. It is believed that he was the first of Captain Stocken's Rushden recruits to fall in action.
Before enlisting he was employed by Mr A Sudborough, shoe manufacturer, of Higham Ferrers, in the lasting department.
This (Friday) morning Mrs Bryant has received official news of the death of Lance-Corpl Bryant.