Arthur Charles Barton

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Berkshire
Battalion: 5th
Rank / Service No: Private, 23627
Died: 29th April 1917, aged 25 years
Commemorated: Arras Memorial, France

 

Arthur was the oldest of 5 siblings born to Arthur and Selina Barton (nee Creek), who married in Southampton in 1891.

 

Arthur Snr. was born in the city on 30 March 1867 and he died there in 1948.

Selina was born in Plymouth on 17 August 1869 and she passed away at 45 Liverpool Street, Southampton in 1940.

 

Siblings

Arthur Charles 

William Henry   b. 28 March 1893 Southampton   d. 1988 Southampton   Married Mabel F. Tyler in Southampton in 1923.

Lily Dorothy   b.1898 Southampton   d. 1974 Basingstoke. A spinster.

Annie Elizabeth   b. 12 September 1899 Southampton   d. 1958 Southampton   Married Ernest R. Davey in Southampton in 1922.

Tamsen Jane Selina   b. 1905 Southampton   d. ??   Married Stanley P. Parcell in Southampton in 1930.

 

 

The Battalion was formed in Reading on 25 August 1914 and placed in the 12th (Eastern) Division.

The division landed in France on 31 May 1915 as part of the 35th Brigade and took part in the Battle of Loos, from the 30 September.

 

The actions at Loos resulted in the Division losing 3354 men either killed or wounded.

 

After a short spell close to the La Bassee canal at Givenchy, the battalion was back on the front line at Loos on 12 February 1916.

 

On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the division was in reserve at Hencourt. They relieved the 8th Division at Ovillers-la-Boiselle that night.

 

By the 8th July the division had suffered many casualties but had succeeded in capturing and holding 2 front-line German trenches at Ovillers.

After a period of rest, the division was in action at the Battle of Pozieres from the 3rd until th 9th of August 1916.

 

The spring of 1917 saw the division move north, where they were soon in action around Arras in the First Battle of the Scarpe.

It was during this spell of warfare around Arras that Arthur lost his life.

 

The Memorial commemorates the almost 35,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the Arras sector between Spring 1916 and 7 August 1918.

 

The majority of the casualties are from the Allied offensive of April-May 1917.

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th December 2016
Updated:

 

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