Chatteris WW1 Soldier John Arnold (9092), Chatteris Remembers Biography
John Arnold 1st Bn Suffolk Regiment No. 9092 Died: 24-4-1915 John Arnold (Jacob John Arnold), the youngest son of Frederick Arnold and Ann Elizabeth Arnold of 5 East Park St, Chatteris was born in Milton, Cambridge in 1892. He was one of 4 brothers who served in WW1, 2 of the others being Percy and William. John enlisted at the beginning of the war in Cambridge and joined the 1st Suffolks. He was injured early in the war but returned to the front in February 1915. He was killed in action on 24 April 1915 but his family received no details of how he died. On April 24th the 1st Suffolks were on the Frezenburg Ridge near the Ypres-Zonnebeke Road. The Germans had attacked and these Battalions were the only barrier to the Germans reaching Ypres. The 1st Suffolks were ordered to attack but as they advanced the shelling became very heavy, coming from every direction except the West along with heavy rifle and machine gun fire. This was the opening part of The Battle of St Julien, part of 2nd Ypres, and was the day that the Germans first used gas as a weapon. John Arnold has no known grave and is commemorated on The Menin Gate. Chatteris Remembers File Contains: • CWGC certificate • Soldiers Died Document • 1901 Census, Family Tree • Newspaper Report – Cambs Times, May 21, 1915 (Report of Death), Cambs Times Jan 1st 1915 • Photo of name on Menin Gate • Extract for diary of 1st Suffolk Regiment Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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