|Son of Mr James & Mrs Mary Willmott
Aged 39 years
Died 11th November 1918
Commemorated & buried at Rushden Cemetery
|Born and enlisted at Rushden.
|From the Burnt Records
Attested on 11th December 1915, he was aged 37, 5' 8" tall, with a chest of 37 (2" expansion), and working as a boot and shoemaker. Mobilised on 21st March 1916, Arthur first joined the Notts & Derby Sherwood Foresters as 70765, and went to France on 22nd March 1917. He returned to Chester War Hospital in England, following a gun shot wound to his left shoulder received on 10th December 1917, and returned to France in July 1918 when he joined the Leicestershire Regiment as 60804. From 31st December 1917 he was granted additional pay of a shilling a day for his work as a shoemaker [repairer?]. His mother Mary was his next of kin, and he had 3 brothers and 5 sisters, with "upwards of 20 nieces and nephews".
Note: in the file there is a note that some papers had been confused with those of his cousin Albert Willmott.
|Rushden Echo, September 20th, 1918, transcribed by Greville Watson
Rushden’s Casualty List
Mrs J. Willmott, of 25, Harborough-road, Rushden, has received news that her youngest son Arthur (Leicester Regiment) has been admitted to hospital at Colchester, but up to Monday no information has been received as to the nature of his illness or wounds. Pte. A. Willmott joined the Notts and Derby Regiment about two years ago, and was subsequently transferred to his present unit. He has twice before been wounded and has also suffered from dysentery and trench feet. Prior to enlistment he was employed by Mr Ebenezer Wrighton, boot manufacturer, of Rushden.
|Rushden Echo, 15th November 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins
The Death took place last Monday morning at Colchester Military Hospital of Pte. Arthur Willmott (14th Leicester Regiment), aged 39, youngest son of Mrs. J. Willmott, of 25 Harborough-road, Rushden. Deceased was badly wounded about twelve months ago, and never really recovered from the shock of his injuries, his heart being left in a serious condition. In spite of suffering a great deal of pain, he bore all his suffering with remarkable patience, and never once made complaint. He joined the Colours on march 21st 1916, and in addition to suffering from dysentery and trench feet, he was twice wounded, going to France altogether four times. Up to the time of joining the Colours he had been in the employ of Mr. Ebenezer Wrighton, boot manufacturer, Rushden, since boyhood.