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Born: 21 January 1889, Baildon
Died: 22 September 1916
Buried: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Address: 1 Adelaide Street, Woodbottom, Baildon
Parents: Thomas & Margaret
Siblings: John, James, Clara, Edward, Lawrence, Nathaniel
Occupation: Chauffeur
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Baildon
Regiment: Canadian Infantry
Arthur Bather
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Arthur was the son of Thomas and Margaret Bather of 1 Adelaide Street, Woodbottom, Baildon. He was born on 21st January 1889. Sometime after the 1911 census, he emigrated to Canada where he worked as a Chauffeur before enlisting in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 14th July 1915. He travelled to France from Halifax Pennsylvania aboard the SS Lapland on 27th November 1915. He was a Private in 19th Battalion. Arthur sadly died in hospital in Boulogne from gunshot wounds to his left arm on 22/9/16, he was 27
years old. His is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. The following report appeared in the Shipley Times & Express on 20 October 1916 Pte Arthur Bather, Canadian Infantry, fourth son of Mr and Mrs Tom Bather of 1 Adelaide Street, Woodbottom, Baildon, recently died of wounds at the 15th General Hospital, Boulogne. Previous to the war he was an employee of Messrs Parkinson & Sons, Shipley. He has two brothers in the army, Gunner Edward Bather and Pte Nat Bather. The following month, the local
paper reported a ‘very largely attended’ memorial service held at St Peter’s Church, Woodbottom, for local men who had fallen. ‘Appropriate hymns were sung by the choir and the Dead March in Saul was impressively rendered by Mr George Shaw, organist. ‘The names of those from Baildon Woodbottom who have made the supreme sacrifice are Arthur Bather, Leonard Wildman, Levi Hall, Willie Hall, William Peel, Arthur Howetson, Harold Jones and George Tarrant.’ Thanks to Diane Williams, Arthur’s great, great niece, for her help with this profile
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