James Arnold MM.

James Arnold MM, Private 20436, 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, was killed in Action, 12th Sept 1917.

He was born in Whittlesford, the son of James and Caroline Arnold. He married Rose Ellen Carter and they lived in Duxford by 1911 in St John’s Street with their children, two in 1911 and six at the time of his death. He was a farm labourer.

His death notice was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press on Friday Sept. 28th 1917.

Mrs Arnold of St John’s Street, Duxford, has received an official announcement of the death of her husband, James Arnold of the Suffolk Regt. Arnold was one of the first to volunteer when war was declared. He received the Military Medal on April 28th last for gallantry, risking his own life to find the location of some machine guns which were causing serious casualties to our men. He was killed in action on 12th September (1917). He leaves a widow and six children to mourn their loss.’

He is buried in Hargicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Hargicourt village is 16 kms NW of St. Quentin and 3kms west of the main road from St Quentin to Cambrai.

The 11th Battalion were in action in the area from late August until mid September. Capturing and later defending Cologne Farm Ridge, Malakoff Farm, with action around Sunken Farm and Ruby Farm.

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