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Born: 1889, Idle
Died: 31 July 1917
Address: 147 Albion Road, Idle
Parents: Charles & Eleanor
Spouse: Ethel, nee Cordingley, later Shackleton
Siblings: 10, six still living 1911
Occupation: Baker
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle; Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial
Regiment: Royal Leinster
Arthur Thornton
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News has been received though not officially, that Pte Arthur Thornton, Royal Leincaster Canadians, son of the late Mr Charles Thornton of Bradford Road, has been killed in action. Pte Thornton, who was 24 years of age, joined the forces early this year and had been in France for about two months. According to the intelligence which has been received from his comrade, Pte Thornton’s death was instantaneous. Before the war, the deceased hero was a baker. He was married and his widow resides in Albion Road. His brother, Pte Hubert Thornton, of the Labour Battalion, is in France and another brother, Mr Jesse Thornton, is to don khaki today. Pte Edgar Cordingley, brother of Mrs Arthur Thornton, has been wounded and is now in hospital. Shipley Times & Express 17 August 1917
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