|The Rushden Echo Friday 7 December 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Victim of the War - Private Arthur Harris Succumbs to Wounds
We regret to report that Mr William Harris, of 19 High-street-south, Rushden, has received news that his elder son, 22565 Pte Arthur Harris, of the Northants Regiment, had died of wounds at the 55th Casualty Clearing Station France.
The news is sent by the matron, who writes to Mr F Lake (Pte Harris's brother-in-law) under date November 29th as follows:-
"I regret to inform you that your brother-in-law, Pte A Harris, Northants Regiment, who was admitted to hospital suffering from a gunshot wound in the buttock, died early this morning. I can assure you that everything that was possible was done to try and save him, but he gradually became weaker and passed away in his sleep. He will be laid to rest at Tricourt Military Hospital Cemetery, and there will be a cross with his name and regiment to mark his resting place. - With sincere sympathy yours truly, M Potts (Matron)."
The late Pte Harris, who was 35 years of age, enlisted just over two years ago, and had been in France about a year and eight months when he met his death. Before joining the Colours he was in the employ of Mr John Cave, boot manufacturers, Rushden.
Mr Harris, has another son in the Colours - Pte Harry Harris, also of the Northants Regiment, and who is at present stationed at Blackpool. He is now engaged in Red Cross work.