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Thrapston War Memorial Research Group

"In the Springtime of their Lives"

Photographs and biographical extracts from the book (A to D)
Signalman Arthur Randolphus ABBOTT
October 10 1899 - October 17 1918

Born on October 10 1899, the third child and second son of Horace and Ellen Abbott of Market Road, Thrapston. He joined the Royal Navy on October 20 1915, Service Number J45512. He developed tuberculosis whilst stationed in Bombay, India, serving on the "Dalhousie". He returned to Britain for treatment and convalescence. He was discharged from the Navy on July 4 1918. Arthur did not respond to treatment and returned home to Thrapston on October 2 1918. His condition deteriorated and he died at home on October 17 1918, one week after his nineteenth birthday. He was buried in the Oundle Road Cemetery, Thrapston.

Private Frederick Bowman ANGOOD
1882 - July 23 1918

Born at Melpal, Cambridgeshire in 1882, the son of Frederick and Jane Angood. He served his apprenticeship in shoemaking in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire and by 1901, he was living in Raunds. He married Lillian Kirby, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Kirby of Horton House, Thrapston in 1912. They had two children. He enlisted with the Middlesex Regiment, Service Number G/86194, serving in the 19th Battalion. Fred was killed on May 23 1918 and buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium. He is named on the Baptist Church Roll of Honour but not in St. James' Church. He is also named on the Raunds Memorial and included in the Raunds Roll of Honour book "A Wall Unto Us" by Steve Bence and Andrew Dace.

Private George Edward ARNOLD
1895 - August 24 1916

Born in Denford in 1895, the second oldest child of Henry and Jane Elizabeth Arnold. In 1901, they lived in High Street, Denford. George enlisted in the 5th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment in Northampton on April 21 1915 - Service Number 18165. He died of wounds received in action on August 24 1916 and is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, France. At the time of his death, his parents lived in Market Road, Thrapston. George is not commemorated on the Memorial in St. James Church although his name is recorded in the Roll of Honour in the Church, but with the initial J. His name is recorded on the Denford War Memorial.

Sapper/Private Ernest Wilfred BARRATT
1895 - February 25 1919

Born in 1895 in Thurning, Northamptonshire, the second son of Henry and Mary Ann Barratt. The family moved to Thrapston at an unknown date, and lived in Market Road. Ernest worked as a saddler/ harness maker. He enlisted in Northampton on August 24 1916 with the Royal Engineers, Service Number 216136, but was not called up until December 11 1916. He transferred to the 9th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment Pioneer Corps, Service Number 49946, on September 10 1917, the day he sailed to Calais. On February 18 1919 he contracted influenza. He died on February 25 1919 and is buried at Charleroi Communal Cemetery, Belgium.

Sapper Thomas BARRICK
1887 - June 6 1918

Born in Northampton in 1887, the youngest son of John and Sarah Ann Barrick. Within four years, Mr. Barrick had died and Sarah remarried to William Clayson in 1891. Thomas cannot be found on the 1891 census, but in 1901 he was living with his maternal aunt and uncle in Regent Street, Northampton. Between 1911 and enlisting in 1915, he moved to Thrapston, living on High Street. He enlisted in Northampton on September 10 1915, initially with the Royal Engineers, Service Number T/3124. He returned home, probably engaged on war work until September 16 1917 when he was called up and joined the Durham Light Infantry, Service Number 76667 briefly before returning to the Royal Engineers, Service Number 526109 on October 14 1917. He remained in Depot until February 18 1918 when he joined 94th Field Company and shortly after went to France. Thomas was killed in action on June 6 1918 and was buried at Marfaux British Cemetery, France. He is not named on any Thrapston Roll of Honour.

Trooper Jonathan BOOTH
October 23 1889 - October 30 1918

Born in Thrapston in 1889, the seventh child and third son of Obadiah and Harriet Booth. The family lived in Tichmarsh Road (now Oundle Road). Jonathan worked in the local Ironstone Mines, was a member of Thrapston Football Club and, for two years, was a member of the Fire Brigade. He enlisted in about 1915 in Northampton and served with the Northamptonshire Yeomanry, B Squadron,1st/1st Battalion, Service Number 46038. He was killed in action in Italy on October 30 1918. He is buried at Giavera British Cemetery, Arcade, Italy. His name was not carved on the oak panelling in St. James' Church, at the express wish of his father.

Second Lieutenant Ralph BUCKBY
May 16 1895 - September 26 1918

Born in Kettering in 1895, the only son of Harry and Mary Buckby of Burton Latimer. In 1901, the family lived in Kettering Road, Burton Latimer. He enlisted in the Northamptonshire Regiment on September 3 1914, being attached to the A.S.C.(M.T.), Service Number 162165. He was also in the R.A.M.C. and was mentioned in dispatches on December 13 1915. He was discharged from the Army on July 21 1918 and was commissioned into the Royal Air Force, being gazetted on July 22 1918, joining 99 Squadron. He was shot down behind German lines, near Moulin-les-Metz, France and buried in the town‘s cemetery. Ralph is not mentioned on the Rolls of Honour in St James‘ or the Baptist Church, but is included on the Smith and Grace Roll of Honour. He is named on the Burton Latimer Memorial.

Lance Corporal James Edward COBLEY
1886 - October 21 1917

Born in 1886 in Winwick, Huntingdonshire, the second son of George and Susan Cobley. In 1901, they lived in Bythorn. Married Gertrude Hall in 1916. Enlisted with the Northamptonshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Service Number 13206, in Northampton. He went to France on April 1 1915. He was killed in action at Ploegsteert on October 21 1917 and is buried at Motor Car Corner Cemetery, Belgium.

Private William Edward COOPER
1892 - March 26 1915

Born in Thrapston in 1892, the second oldest child of Edward and Annie Cooper. On leaving school, he worked at the Ironstone Pits at Twywell. He enlisted with the 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment a few days after the outbreak of War, Service Number 12915, and sailed for the Front on February 1 1915. He was killed on March 26 1915 and buried at the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, France. A Memorial Service was held for him and Private William Reeve, who died on the same day, at Thrapston Parish Church on Sunday April 18 1915.

Private Horace DINGLEY
1891 - August 8 1916

Born in 1891, the seventh of eight sons of Albert and Susannah Dingley. He attended Thrapston Council School and appears in a school photograph dated 1900. He enlisted in Northampton on September 7 1914 initially joining the East Surrey Regiment, Service Number 3066, but was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, Service Number 49714 on May 18 1916, when he went to Salonika, Greece. He contracted malignant malaria, dying on August 8 1916 and is buried at Lahana Military Cemetery, Greece.