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Forename(s): Arthur James
Place of Birth: Steeton, Yorkshire
Service No: 27900
Regiment / Corps / Service: Durham Light Infantry
Battalion / Unit: 14th (Service) Battalion
Division: 6th Division
Date of Death: 1917-04-20
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 106 and 107.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: CROSSHILLS, YORKSHIRE
Local War Memorial: KILDWICK, YORKSHIRE
Local War Memorial: SUTTON-IN-CRAVEN, YORKSHIRE
Arthur James Happs was the son of George Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Happs, née Percy and brother of Private Matthew Percy Happs (300194) (q.v.). Their father was born at Hadlow, Kent and mother at Scalby near Scarborough, Yorkshire. Harry, the brother of Arthur and Matthew, was married to Eliza Towers, the sister of Private Matthew Horseman Towers (241471) (q.v.).
1891 Throxenby Parish, Yorkshire Census: Newby Hall - Arthur D. Hopps [sic], aged 3 years, born Steeton, Yorkshire, son of Harry and Sarah E. Hopps. [Harry and Sarah were living with her parents, William and Mary Percy.]
1901 Glusburn, Yorkshire Census: Institute Street - Arthur James Happs, aged 13 years, born Steeton, Yorkshire, son of George Hy and Sarah Eliz. Happs.
Arthur was married to Kathleen May Cotterill in 1908.
1911 Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire Census: 12, Victoria Street - Arthur James Happs, aged 23 years, born Steeton, Yorkshire, husband of Kathleen May Happs.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Arthur J. Happs, 27900, Durh. L.I.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Arthur James Happs, 27900, 14th Durh. L.I. Deceased.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Arthur James Happs, 27900, 14th Bn Durham L.I. Date and Place of Death: On or since 20/22.4.17. Death presd. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Kathleen M. £8 12s. 8d.
Private Harry Happs, the brother of Matthew and Arthur, who was serving with the 2nd Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), was transferred in June 1918 to Home Establishment in England on compassionate grounds. This was probably because he was the only surviving son.
Data Source: Local War Memorial
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Durham Light Infantry
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th Division
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