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Arthur MITCHELL

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Surname: MITCHELL

Forename(s): Arthur

Place of Birth: Burnley, Lancashire

Service No: 2809

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'A' Coy 2/6th Battalion

Division: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Age: 27

Date of Death: 1917-02-28

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. D. 10.

CWGC Cemetery: QUEENS CEMETERY, BUCQUOY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Arthur Mitchell was the son of William and Mary Jane Mitchell, née Standring and brother of Private William Mitchell (45874) (q.v.). Their father was born at Midgley, Yorkshire and mother at Heywood, Lancashire.

1891 Nelson, Lancashire Census: 46, Larch Street - Arthur Mitchell, aged 2 years, born Nelson, son of William and Margaret [sic] Ann [sic] Mitchell. [William and Mary Jane were married in 1884.]

1901 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: Valley Road - Arthur Mitchell, aged 12 years, born Burnley, Lancashire, son of William and Mary J. Mitchell.

Arthur was married to Fanny Crane in 1907.

1911 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 54, Rainhall Road - Arthur Mitchell, aged 22 years, born Burnley, Lancashire, husband of Fanny Mitchell.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Arthur Mitchell, 6/2809, W. Rid. R. K. in A. 28.2.17.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Arthur Mitchell, 6/2809, 6th W. Rid. R. K. in A. 28.2.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Arthur Mitchell, 2809, 2/6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 28.2.17. In Action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow and sole legatee - Fanny. £14 12s. 5d. [Arthur's entry shows an amount authorised of £10 10s. 0d. to his mother and sole legatee Florence M. This must have been a mistake.]

A short biography of Arthur is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

MITCHELL, Arthur, aged 28 years, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, 5, Edith Street, [Barnoldswick], killed in action, France, Feb. 27, 1917.

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Private Arthur MITCHELL

Private Arthur MITCHELL

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

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Surname: MITCHELL

Forename(s): Arthur

Born:

Residence: Barnoldswick, Yorks

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 2809

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 28/02/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: MITCHELL

Forename(s): Arthur

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 2809

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 2nd/6th Bn.

Age: 27

Awards:

Died Date: 28/02/1917

Additional Information: Son of William and Mary Mitchell; husband of Fanny Mitchell, of 38, Church St., Barnoldswick, Colne, Lancs. Born at Barnoldswick.

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07 May 1915

BARNOLDSWICK – Absent Without Leave

A batch of seven absentees from leave – Barnoldswick men belonging to the 2nd Reserve Battalion 6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment stationed at Doncaster – were brought before Mr. R. G. Rankin, Mr. J. Plews, and Mr. A. Dewhurst at the Skipton Town Hall on Tuesday morning. They were Ptes. A. Calvert, A. Mitchell, Geo. Thos. Cope, Jas. Hindle, Wm. Mellor, Edmund Wilkinson and Arthur Healey, and all admitted the offence. They were remanded to await an escort.

16 March 1917

MITCHELL – Killed in action in France, February 27th 1917, Pte. Arthur Mitchell, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, formerly of 5, Edith Street, Barnoldswick, aged 28 years.

16 March 1917

BARNOLDSWICK SOLDER KILLED

Mrs. Mitchell, 5 Edith Street, Barnoldswick, has been notified of the death of her husband, Pte. Arthur Mitchell, who was killed in action in France on February 27th. He was 28 years of age, and leaves a family of 5 young children. Pte. Mitchell had been training with the Duke of Wellington’s for 2½ years, and only left England at the beginning of last month. He formerly carried on the business of a clog and shoemaker on his own account in Rainhall Road, Barnoldswick, and was home on furlough in November last.

23 March 1917

“GOOD FRIEND AND COMRADE” – The late Pte. Mitchell, of Barnoldswick

The accompanying portrait is that of Pte. Arthur Mitchell (28), of the Duke of Wellington’s who, as recorded last week, was killed in action in France on the 27th ult. He leaves a wife and family of five children residing at 5, Edith Street, Barnoldswick. In a letter to Mrs. Mitchell, one of the deceased’s comrades (Corpl. H. Sharp) writes:– “Arthur was a good friend and a fine comrade to us all, and I can’t tell you how much he is missed by his comrades in the Platoon and also in the Company. The officers all speak very well of him, and I can assure you they feel very much for you in your great misfortune.”

Pte. Mitchell was one of five brothers serving: two being in France; one in Salonika and another has been wounded and is now convalescent at Alnwick.

Mrs. Mitchell has received the following in reference to her husband’s death:–

“British Expeditionary Force, March 9th, 1917

“Dear Mrs. Mitchell, – As the officer in command of ‘A’ Company at the time of your husband’s death I just want to tell you what a topping good soldier he was, in addition to which he was of tremendous assistance to the battalion when working at his trade.

“We were ordered to advance on a German position, and when going across the open we came under the fire of a machine gun and several snipers. Your husband was hit in the head. We got him into a trench, but he died without recovering consciousness about two hours later. He was in no pain at any time.

“We all, officers and men, miss your husband no end. He was such a jolly good fellow.

“Sincerely Yours, DUDLEY F. HAZALL”

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16 March 1917

MITCHELL – Feb 27th, in action in France, Pte. Arthur Mitchell of the Duke of Wellington’s, of 5, Edith Street, Barnoldswick, aged 28.

16 March 1917

BARNOLDSWICK SOLDER KILLED

Mrs. Mitchell, 5 Edith Street, Barnoldswick, has been notified of the death of her husband, Pte. Arthur Mitchell, who was killed in action in France on February 27th. He was 28 years of age, and leaves a family of 5 young children. Pte. Mitchell had been training with the 2nd 6th Duke of Wellington’s for 2½ years, and only left England at the beginning of last month. He formerly carried on the business of a clog and shoemaker on his own account in Rainhall Road, Barnoldswick, and was home on furlough in November last.

23 March 1917

BARNOLDSWICK – THE LATE PRIVATE MITCHELL

The accompanying portrait is that of Pte. Arthur Mitchell (28), of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment who, as recorded last week, was killed in action in France on the 27th ult. He leaves a wife and family of 5 children, residing at 5, Edith Street, Barnoldswick. In a letter to Mrs. Mitchell, one of the deceased’s comrades (Cpl. H. Sharp) writes:–

“Arthur was a good friend and a true comrade to us all, and I cannot tell you how much he is missed by his comrades in the Platoon and also in the Company. The officers all speak very well of him, and I can assure you they feel very much for you in your great misfortune.”

Pte. Mitchell was one of five brothers serving, two being in France, one in Salonika and another has been wounded and is now convalescent at Alnwick.

Mrs. Mitchell has received the following in reference to her husband’s death:–

B.E.F., 9/3/7.
“Dear Mrs. Mitchell, – As the Officer in command of ‘A’ Company at the time of your husband’s death, I just want to tell you what a topping good soldier he was, in addition to which he was of tremendous assistance to the battalion when working at his trade.

“We were ordered to advance on a German position, and when going across the open we came under the fire of a machine gun and several snipers. Your husband was hit in the head. We got him into a trench, but he died without recovering consciousness about 2 hours later. He was in no pain at any time.

“We all, officers and men, miss your husband no end. He was such a jolly good fellow.

“Sincerely yours, DUDLEY F. HAZALL.”

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