FLORY, Arnold

2400/SB, Signal Boy, Arnold Augustine FLORY
Aged 16
Royal Naval Reserve, HMS 'Eaglet'
Died of Illness on Monday 23rd September 1918

Arnold Augustine Flory was born in Bournemouth (Christchurch Q2-1902 2B:684)), the son of Henry William and Ruth Willice FLORY (née CLEAVER).

1901 census...Aged 4, he was at 60 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, with his mother, Ruth W.FLORY [29] born in Oxford, brother William H [5] born in Chesterton, Cambridge, sister Ruth E.[3] born in Somerton, Oxon and sister Dorothy V [1] born in Bournemouth. His father Henry William FLORY [32] a merchant tailor, born in Oxford, was visiting his own mother Mary at 4 Beckett Street, Oxford.

His mother Ruth Maude (nee CLEAVER) died in 1906 and his father re-married in Chelmsford on May 1st 1910 to Alice Maude KING.

1911 census...Aged 8, he was a grocer's clerk, living at St John's Lodge, Church Street, Cambridge with his father (now lay curate at St John 's); his step mother Alice Maude [23] born in Chelmsford, his brother William Henry [15](a bootmaker's assistant), brother Percy James [14]a grocer's clerk) invalid sister Ruth Mary [13] born Somerton, Oxon and sister Dorothy Violet [11] born in Bournemouth and half sister Mona Isobel [4] born in Poole.

Records show his father as vicar at St Matthew's, Littleport and in Waterbeach before arriving at St Andrew's in Isleham. The exact dates have yet to be established.

His eldest brother, William Henry died in France in March 1918. see here

and another brother, Percival James died in France in August 1918. see here

HMS Eaglet, formerly HMS Eagle a 74 gun, fully rigged ship of the line was now a hulk being used as a training base in Liverpool.

Arnold died in Royal Navy Hospital, Liverpool on 23rd September 1918. It is not known what caused his death, but the flu pandemic is a distinct possibility. His burial in Ware is not explained so far.

photo; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Arnold Flory is buried in Ware New Cemetery, Hertfordshire grave 87:1:5

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