War 1
Thrapston War Memorial Research Group

"In the Springtime of their Lives"

Photographs and biographical extracts from the book (T to W)
Private Arthur TARRANT
1890 - August 20 1918

Born in Woodford in 1890, the youngest of six children born to Thomas and Julia Tarrant. On leaving school, Arthur worked for Mr. Pettit, a Thrapston-based builder. He enlisted with the Northamptonshire Regiment, Service Number 39912 in Kettering on February 6 1917, and served in the 1/4th Battalion. He went to Egypt in November 1917. He was admitted to hospital in Kantara, Egypt in July with scabrous, developed pneumonia and died on August 20 1918. He was buried in the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt

Private Richard Edis TEMPLEMAN
1892 - May 9 1915

Born in Thrapston, the youngest of five children born to Edis Alfred and Mary Ann Templeman. He was a member of Thrapston Argyll Football Club as were John Giddings and John Pollard. He enlisted with the Northamptonshire Regiment in Northampton at the outbreak of War, Service Number 12930, being in the 1st. Battalion. He was killed in action at Aubers Ridge, struck by shrapnel whilst advancing on May 9 1915. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.

Private Leonard THROSSELL
April 17 1885 - August 16 1917

Born on April 17 1885 in Bythorn, the youngest son of Edwin and Susannah Throssell. He went to live in Canada in about 1906, working in farming, lumbering and the construction industry. He enlisted in the Canadian Infantry 16th Battalion (Manitoba Regiment), Service Number 721342 on December 20 1915 in Winnipeg. He returned to England in September 1916 and went to France in June 1917. He was killed in action on August 16 1917. He is buried in the Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay, France and is also commemorated in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance.

Gunner George William TURNER
1897 - October 9 1916

Born in Thrapston in 1897, the third son of George and Ada Turner. Before joining the Army George was employed at Mr. Hyde’s boot factory at Rushden. George enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regiment in Kettering, Service Number 11769 in May 1916, transferring later to the Machine Gun Corps, Service Number 46315. He went to France on September 24 1916. He was killed in action on October 9 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Bombardier George Abery UNGER
December 24 1889 - January 7 1916

Born at Holborn Workhouse, City Road, Shoreditch, London, the son of Louisa Unger, born in Wartenburg, Germany in about 1871, formerly a nursery governess. No father is named on his Birth Certificate. By 1891, George was living with Mrs. Mary Stanion at The Green, Islip, probably boarded out by the Holborn Board of Governors. George was brought up by Mrs. Stanion until, it is believed, 1899, when she died. George then moved into the Thrapston Union and attended Thrapston Church School under the care of Mr. Emery. George had enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery, Service Number 50406 in London by 1911 and was attached to “B” Battery, 98th Brigade. He went to France on September 4 1915, moving to Salonika shortly after, and within four months, was killed by a direct hit from a shell. He was buried at Mikra British Cemetery, Greece. George is not mentioned in any of the Thrapston Rolls of Honour. His death was reported in the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph on Monday February 21 1916 and headed “Former Thrapston Schoolboy Killed”.

Private Alfred Edward WAITE
1897 - March 14 1915

Born in Guider Street, Cambridge in 1897, the sixth child of Albert and Mary Waite and younger brother of Albert John Waite. After leaving school, he worked for Alfred Hensman, a Thrapston builder. He enlisted with the Northamptonshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Service Number 12808 in Northampton on August 31 1914 and went to the front on February 23 1915. He was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle, France on March 14 1915. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France. A Memorial Service was held at Thrapston Parish Church for him and Private Herbert Frederick Gilbert on Sunday August 29 1915.

Private Albert John WAITE
1887 - September 25 1915

Born in Marlborough, Wiltshire in 1887, the oldest child of Albert and Mary Waite, and elder brother of Alfred Edward Waite. Jack worked as a furnace labourer. He was a member of Thrapston Town Harriers and had much success. On one occasion, he was the Midlands Cross-Country Champion. He enlisted in Kettering with the 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, Service Number 16506, in November 1914 and went to France on April 15 1915. He was killed in action on September 25 1915 at Bois Grenier. He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. A Memorial Service was held at the Parish Church on October 10 1915 for him, Lance-Corpl. George Earle and Private Richard Edis Templeman.

Private Arthur Edward WARREN
1895 - June 1 1916

Born in 1895 on Jersey. For the first twelve or thirteen years he was raised by his grandmother in Denford. On her death, he went to live with an aunt, Mrs. Warren at South Terrace, Market Road, Thrapston. He worked for a short time for Mr. Essex in Denford, before moving to Messrs. Freeman and Webb of Thrapston as a builders labourer. He enlisted on September 8 1913 as an underage boy with the Royal Marine Light Infantry, Service Number PO/16891. He eventually joined HMS Tipperary on June 2 1915 and was involved in the Battle of Jutland where his ship was sunk in the early hours of June 1. His body was recovered on June 25 1916 and identified through his identity disc and letters and papers in his pockets. He is buried at Kviberg Cemetery, Sweden. He is not mentioned on any of the Thrapston Rolls of Honour but is named on the Denford War Memorial.

Private Arthur William WRIGHT
1893 - December 4 1918

Born in 1893 at Hillrow, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire, the oldest son and second child of Joseph and Rose Wright. He enlisted with the Northamptonshire Regiment, Service Number 58453, transferring to the Gloucestershire Regiment, Service Number 42453 (or 42458), being in the 1/6 Battalion. He first went to France on December 26 1915. He died on December 4 1918, probably of Spanish Flu. He is buried at Dueville Communal Cemetery Extension, Italy. Arthur is named in the Roll of Honour in St. James' Church but did not have his name carved on the panelling.

PLance Sergeant Samuel WRIGHT
1889 - September 24 1918

Born in Thrapston in 1889, the third son of Henry and Ann Wright. On leaving school, Samuel worked for a local bootmaker, Mr. Barnard of Bridge Street. He enlisted with the Northamptonshire Regiment in Northampton in about 1905, Service Number 8539, remaining with them until his transfer to the Leicestershire Regiment 1st Battalion, Service Number 43295, during the latter part of the war. He first went to France in November 1914. He was killed in action regaining the villages of Caulaincourt and Trefcon, near St. Quentin, France on September 24 1918. He is buried in Trefcon British Cemetery, Caulaincourt, France.