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Sutton in Ashfield Nottinghamshire
He was the son of Arthur and Emma Wass and the brother of Eliza Ann, Lizzie, Jane and John William Wass. In 1911 they lived at 7 Chatsworth Street Sutton in Ashfield.
He was a miner (ganger).
27 Jul 1916
819461 - CWGC Website
1st Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
Corporal Arthur Wass, enlisted in Sutton in Ashfield and served with 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, he was killed in action during an attack at Delville Wood on 27th July 1916. He is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.
An article published on 18th August in the Nottingham Free Press :- “PRIVATE ARTHUR WASS. “Enlisting nearly two years ago when but 17 years of age, Private Arthur Wass, of 7, Chatsworth Street, Sutton, has been killed in action. Formerly he worked at the New Hucknall Colliery; but shortly after the outbreak of war joined the King's Royal Rifles. “Private G. A. Wood [1], a friend of the deceased soldier, writes as follows to his parents:- “I received your letter this morning telling me of poor Arthur's death. He was such a bright youth and was, well, I will say, loved by his comrades, and always brave and cool under the most trying circumstances. I can assure you that he will be sorely missed by us who knew him so well, always willing to give a joke and could take one in the best of spirits. I must now assure you that you have my heartfelt sympathy in your terrible loss. Perhaps there will be a little consolation in knowing that he died in taking part in one of the greatest battles ever fought in this war, and ended so successfully. Of course we know how our dear ones at home must feel but then we always pray to God to do His best for us in our own little way, so you see we are, or the majority of us, always ready to pay the extreme sacrifice if it be needed. “Now perhaps you would like to hear of the attack and how it developed. We were in Delville Wood at the time, and had been there some three days. Then we were moved to our positions for the attack, which started at seven o'clock on the 27th July. My Company and Arthur's were the first two Companys [sic] over the parapet. We got [to] the trenches, [with] hardly any casualties at all. After we had been digging in for a considerable time the Germans opened a heavy bombardment on our new positions, causing a great number of casualties amongst our ranks, but everyone stood firm and gave up nothing they had gained. Then our other two Companies came up to reinforce us. Just after that I got hit myself, and I went to the dressing station to have my wounds attended to. At every chance of seeing any of Arthur's Company I made enquiries as to his welfare. At first it was good news I heard. Then one who knew him came talking to me about Arthur, as he had seen us talking together, and told me Arthur had been hit, but he did not know at the time whether he was hurt seriously or not. I wish now that I had taken his name so I could have sent it on to you, then perhaps you would be able to know the facts of his death, which I am most sorry to say I cannot give you, as I was not of his Company, but I will certainly let you know all I hear about it, if only to console your dear hearts. I must now close this letter telling you how proud I was to be acquainted with such a gallant youth, and assuring you of my deepest sympathy.” [1] Rfn. George Wood, 1st, later 12th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, survived the war. Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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