No.30044, Private, Arthur MOTHERSOLE
9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment
Arthur Mothersole was born in Soham,(Newmarket Q1-1882 3B:540), son of William and Phoebe MOTHERSOLE (née HOBBS ).
1891 census...Aged 9, he was at Station Road, Soham, with his father William MOTHERSOLE  boot & shoemaker, born Norton, Suffolk; his mother Phoebe  ; sisters Ellen  and Amley (Emily); brothers William , labourer in garden, Alfred  carter/bricklayer, Harry  errand boy and George . All except his father were born in Soham.
1901 census... Aged 19, a fish merchant, he was at Station Road, Soham with his parents, sister Emily  and George, a grocer's apprentice.
In 1906 he married Louisa SEYMOUR [20-4-1882].
1911 census...Aged 29 a labourer in cement works, he was at Clay Street, Soham with his wife Lewie  born Soham; daughters Gladys Olive [29-10-1907] and Ella Pheben (Ella Phoebe)[24-9-1908] and son William Arthur [23-2-1910]. His widow's address later was King George V Cottages, Mereside, Soham.
They had two more daughters, Eva May [9-2-1913] and Florence Ruby [21-4-1916]
The 9th Norfolks, situated just north of Lens, between mid day on 28th and midnight of 29th lost one officer killed, one officer and 6 IOR gassed, 13 OR killed or died of wounds,
and 31 wounded. That is according to "The History of the Norfolk Regiment" by F Loraine Petre OBE. CWGC have 73 killed on 28th, 2 on the 29th.
The battalion war diary:-
At midnight 27/28th gas projectors were fired by the 16th & 18th I B . No special retaliation was made in our front. During the morning the enemy's artillery was very active and its fire grew into an intense bombardment of our support line during the afternoon.At 5 pm under cover of this, the enemy seized an advanced post of ours, but were immediately counter attacked and the post was recovered.......
At 11 pm No 8 platoon under Lt Campbell made a raid on the enemy's trenches to the north of the DYNAMITE MAGAZINE about N.1.a.95.45. A portion of the platoon rushed the trench junction at N.1.a.95.45, but the larger portion, owing to criss fire from machine guns was compelled to withdraw to our own trench. The object of the raid, to discover the strength of the enemy, was more or less achieved. The enemy was holding his front line, at any rate at night, in considerable strength. The raiders lost 1 OR killed and 1 wounded. The enemy retaliated heavily with artillery on our front line.
This is believed to be the location of the trench raid, traces of the trenches can still be seen in the fields photo: Rodney Gibson photo:Rodney Gibson
This is believed to be the location of the trench raid, traces of the trenches can still be seen in the fields
photo: Rodney Gibson
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