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  cap badgePrivate John Arnott

Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 96th Company
Service No: 22330

John Arnott grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of William (30/05/1852-10/07/1917) and Mary Duncan Arnott (1857-17/02/1905) of 48 Whifflet St, Coatbridge, Father William was the ex Baillie, Coatbridge. John had 4 brothers and 6 sisters. From the 1901 Census - Address - 48 Whifflet St, Coatbridge - William Arnott 48, Mary Arnott 44, Mary Sharp Arnott 24 (1877-02/05/1945), David Arnott 22 (01/04/1878- ), Jane Pollock Arnott 20 (1881-1917), Andrew Duncan Arnott 18 (13/10/1882-13/01/1946), Cecilia Whyte Arnott 16 (1885-04/04/1983), William Munro Arnott 14 (1886- ), Elizabeth Thomson Arnott 12 (1889- /01/1968), John Arnott 11, Annie Arnott 9 (28/08/1891–1906), Thomas W Arnott 7 (1894–04/08/1942) , Margaret S G Arnott 4 (1897–1977).

Born / Resided

48 Whifflet St, Coatbridge / 48 Whifflet St, Coatbridge.

Died

Died of Wounds on the 02/12/1916 at the 20th or 43rd Casualty Clearing Stations. Wounds received at the Battle of Ancre (part of the Battles of the Somme)

Enlisted

Newcastle Racecourse with Royal Engineers

Employed

Civil Engineer with Robert Addie and Sons, Rosehall, Coatbridge.

Age

26

Buried / Remembered

Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery (III. H. 14), Saulty, Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The site of the cemetery was chosen in May 1916. It was used from June 1916 to May 1917 by the 20th and 43rd Casualty Clearing Stations, in February 1917 by the 1/1st South Midland, and from April to June 1917 by the 32nd. The whole of plots VII, VIII, IX and X were filled in April and May 1917, the months of the Battles of Arras. From June 1917, the cemetery was practically unused until the fighting of May and June 1918, when field ambulances buried in it. After the Armistice the cemetery was increased by graves brought in from other small cemeteries. The cemetery now contains 1,266 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. There are also 29 German and two French war graves.

Additional Information

MORE FAMILY INFORMATION - From the 1891 Census - Address - 48 Whifflet St, Coatbridge - William Arnott aged 38 , Mary Arnott aged 34, Mary Sharp Arnott aged 14, David Arnott aged 13, Jane Pollock Arnott aged 10, Andrew Duncan Arnott aged 8, Cecilia Whyte Arnott aged 5, William Munro Arnott aged 4, Elizabeth Thomson Arnott aged 2, John Arnott aged 1, servant Mary Murray aged 18. The 96th Company were part of the 32nd Division. John arrived in France on the 22/11/1915. John was formerly with the 13th (Service) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (841). He received his wounds at the Battle of the Ancre, 13th – 18th November 1916 : The Battle was now extended northwards across to the far side of the River Ancre. The British force attacked in fog and snow on the 13th November from the very same front lines from which the attack had failed so badly on the 1st July. Beaumont-Hamel was finally captured but Serre once again proved an objective too far. Considerable casualties were sustained before the battle was called off. This was the final part of the Battles of the Somme, 1st July – 18th November 1916 : A Franco-British offensive that was undertaken after Allied strategic conferences in late 1915, but which changed its nature due to the German attack against the French in the epic Battle of Verdun, which lasted from late February to November. Huge British losses on the first day and a series of fiercely contested steps that became attritional in nature. For all armies on the Western Front it was becoming what the Germans would call “materialschlacht”: a war not of morale, will or even manpower, but of sheer industrial material might. The 15th September 1916 saw the first-ever use of tanks in the step known as the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. The British army in France is now approaching its maximum strength in numbers but is still developing in terms of tactics, technology, command and control. Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. John is also remembered at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery (see photos x 3). See photos for John's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, his previous Regiment the Northumberland Fusiliers Cap Badge, the Machine Gun Corps Cap Badge and John's Headstone Report x 2.

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