Friday 17 March 2023

9062 Pte Arthur Harpham, 2nd Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

9062 Pte Arthur Harpham of the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was killed in action on the 30th August 1914. Arthur was a Nottinghamshire man who was born at Selston in Notts and enlisted at Nottingham. His army service number suggests that he originally joined up in 1906 or 1907. Arthur arrived in France with his battalion on 10th August 1914 and according to his medal index card was presumed dead on the 26th August. This was subsequently revised to the 30th and it is this date which appears on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database. Arthur Harpham has no known grave and like Stuart Laverty, who I remembered on the 24th August, is commemorated by name on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial on the Aisne. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. Sources: (MIC) Army Ancestry Army Service Numbers 1881-1918 Commonwealth War Graves Commission 

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