FRETWELL, Arthur Richard

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Rank: Lieutenant (originally promoted from Cadet to 2nd Lieutenant 20.7.1916, London Gazette)

Year of death: 1918

Date of birth: 26.9.1896

Date of death: 1.4.1918

Place of death: Killed in action in France

Service number:

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own), 5th Battalion

Medals:
Medal Card states: 5th West Yorkshire Regiment (Territorial Force). Victory & British War Medals. Posted to France 18.1.1917. Died of wounds 1.4.1918.

Cemetery location: Manor Road Cemetery, Terraces (Recorded on father’s grave)

Where remembered?:
CWGC Buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery, Extension Number 1, France, Plot VI.A.12
Recorded on father’s grave in Manor Road Cemetery, Scarborough

Biographical Information

Born 26.9.1896 in Doncaster. Baptised 14.12.1896, St George, Doncaster, father Thomas (Watchmaker) & mother, Annie Elizabeth of 6 Waterdale (NB named after his paternal grandfather, Arthur W Fretwell, Jeweller of Doncaster). 1901 census living at 26 Waterdale, Doncaster, parents Thomas (Jeweller) & Annie E Fretwell & Arthur R, age 4. 1911 census living at Derwent House School, Bamford, Nr Sheffield, Arthur R, age 14 (Boarder), his parents were still at the same address in Doncaster.
Derwent House School, Bamford, Peak District: Provided “Thorough and Practical Education (Professional or Commercial) for a limited number of boys. Individual attention. Very successful in examinations. Extensive playing fields. Gymnasium. Testimonials, prospectus, etc, from Head Master, S H Johnson (London Univ.).” Previously Arthur attended Beechfield Junior Boys (British) School, Doncaster – 1903 National School Admissions Registers.
Next of kin on Medal Card: T Fretwell (father), 20 High Street, Doncaster.

Inspiration

In memory of/THOMAS JAMES/FRETWELL/of Doncaster/died May 18th 1935 aged 66/also of his only son/Lt ARTHUR RICHARD FRETWELL/killed in action in France/April 1st 1918 aged 21.

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