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Original information from Clive Wood, 2008
Private Arthur Denton

8558 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Private A Denton
Private A Denton
Son of Mr Frank & Mrs Sarah Denton

Aged 29 years

Died 8th July 1916

Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, France
Pier & Face 11A & 11D.

Born at Rushden, enlisted at Irthlingborough.
photo of G Coy

An undated postcard sent from Private A Denton to Mrs A Ayres, 26 Oswald Road, Rushden. His address was:-

Pte. A. Denton
8558 G Coy.
2nd Reg.
Imtarfa Bks [Malta]

Dear Sister
I now have the pleasure in sending you one of our section P.C. as I think you can find me on there – it was taken Rushden feast Sunday night after a day outing – we had a rare time - from Pte A Denton

The photo on the postcard
The Rushden Echo, Friday 4 December 1914, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Brothers Serving at the Front

Mr and Mrs Denton, of Station road, Rushden, have two sons serving at the front. Pte H Denton is with the R.A.M.C. and Pte A Denton is in the 2nd Northants. Pte. A Ayres, who was interviewed by a "Rushden Echo" representative last week, is a son-in-law of Mr and Mrs Denton.

The Rushden Echo, Friday 25 December 1914, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Frostbite - Rushden Cousins Invalided Home

Pte J Denton (Rushden), 2nd Northants Regt, has been invalided home from the front for 21 days, having sustained frostbitten feet in the trenches. His parents, Mr and Mrs George Denton, have two other sons both serving at the front, viz., Privates Walter and Ben Denton, of the Suffolk Regiment.

It is a singular coincidence that Pte J Denton is a cousin of Pte A Denton (Rushden), who has been invalided home through the same cause. Pte J Denton prefers not to relate any of his experiences for publication.

Frozen Feet - Rushden Soldier in Hospital

Pte A Denton, of the 2nd Northants, son of Mr and Mrs F Denton, sen., of Rushden, has, we regret to say, been in hospital at Aberdeen, N.B., for the past three weeks suffering from frozen feet, sustained through exposure in the trenches at the front. Pte Denton had served six years in India and Egypt prior to proceeding to the front. He is now in Rushden on leave.

The Rushden Echo, 21st July, 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Rushden Soldier Killed - Private Arthur Denton - Fallen In Action

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Denton, 6 Station-road, Rushden, received official news yesterday that their third son, Pte Arthur Denton, 8558, Northants Regiment, was killed in action between July 7th and 8th. The official notification is accompanied by the usual letter of sympathy from the King and Queen.

The deceased, who had completed nine years’ service with the regular forces, was 29 years of age. At the outbreak of war he was serving with his regiment in Egypt, and on being ordered to France he was allowed 48 hours at home before proceeding to the western front. After a short time at the front he was invalided home with frost-bitten feet, but after a week or two returned to the front. Shortly after his return he received bullet wounds in both knees and the left ankle, and was again sent home. This was at the beginning of 1916, since which time his parents have not seen him again.

Mr. and Mrs. Denton have three other sons in His Majesty’s forces, two of whom are at the front. Pte Arthur Denton, before becoming a soldier, was employed by Messrs. Jas. Hyde, Ltd.

Rushden Echo, August 11 1916, transcribed by Clive Wood

Rushden Steelback Dies for Country

Official news has been received by Mr & Mrs F Denton, of Station-road, Rushden, of the death in action of Private Arthur Denton, of the 'Steelbacks', about July 7th. Private Denton had served nine years in the Army, and was 29 years old. At the outbreak of war was ordered from his station in Egypt to France where he got frost-bitten feet and was sent home to England. After a week or two he returned to France and was soon again placed hors-de-combat, receiving bullet wounds in both knees and left ankle. He returned to France after treatment where he remained until he died a hero's death. He has three brothers serving and two are in the fighting lines. The deepest sympathy will be felt with his parents.

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