Arthur BOON
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Unit: 37th Reserve Squadron ROYAL FLYING CORPS
Date of Death: 29 March 1917
Age: 22
Cemetery: London Road Cemetery, Coventry

James Boon and Mercy Patrick had married in the Wolstanton area of Staffordshire. They had moved to the Stockport area by 1895 as Arthur’s birth is registered in the town. By 1914, they were living at 127 Shaw Heath, then a very well-to-do part of town. During the wartime period, Mr & Mrs Boon also had addresses at “Brooklea” and “Trevor House”, both large properties in the North Wales village of Ruabon. After the War, they had settled at Temple Road, Buxton.

Arthur enlisted into the army on 11 November 1914, joining the 2/7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment and he was given the service number 3028. His service papers still exist at the National Archives and these show him to have been about average height for those times at 5’ 7”. On 26 March 1915, he was promoted to Corporal and, shortly afterwards, was selected to become an officer. Arthur received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant on 5 July 1915 and was posted to one of the Battalions of the Manchester Regiment still in training in the UK

Early in 1916, he was leading his men on night exercise near Oxford, when he fell down the steep side of a quarry. He was unconscious for about half an hour and had injured his abdomen. He was admitted to the Army’s 3rd Southern General Hospital at Oxford where he remained for ten days before being pronounced fully fit.

The National Archives confirms that Arthur had an entitlement to service medals. This means that he served overseas on active service at some point but it is not known if this was with the Manchester Regiment or after he transferred to the Flying Corps and qualified as a pilot.  At the time of his death, he was attached to 37th Reserve Squadron and was killed in a flying accident near Coventry.

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