Chatteris WW1 Soldier Arthur Skeels 36618 Chatteris Remembers Biography
Lance Corporal Arthur Skeels 36618 6th Battalion Royal Berkshire regiment Died:July 31 1917 Arthur Skeels was born about 1896 in Chatteris. In 1911 he was living in High St, Chatteris with his parents (Matthew and Amy) and his 2 older brothers and sister. Arthur was a farm labourer. Arthur signed up in Cambridge and was originally Private 4666 of the Cambridgeshire Reigment. He was later transferred to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. Arthur was killed in action at 11pm on 30th July 1917. A letter in the Cambs Times of August 24th 1917 explains what happened “The company was marching up to the trenches by platoons owing to heavy enemy shelling and as ill luck would have it several shells fell close to No.1 platoon, to which you son belonged, and knocked out 12 men. He has not long been an NCO but had shown great keenness and ability (he was in charge of the No.1 Platoon bombing section) & his bombers were the best in the Company. His chief pal, 36615, Pte W.H. Skeels, came through all right but is much cut up about the loss of his friend and am sure would appreciate a letter from you”. Arthur’s battalion were attacking in the area of “Surbiton Villa” near Sanctuary Wood on the Ypres Salient. Arthur had been at the front for about a year before he was killed. Arthur has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres. Project File Contains: • CWGC Certificate • 1911 Census • Soldiers Died • Cambs Times of August 24th 1917 • Photo of name on Menin Gate • Diary entry for 6th Battalion Royal Berkshire regiment
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