Biography of Corporal Arthur Thornton, (59)
Household Battalion, Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line
Formerly 4074 1st L.G
Died 7th October 1917


Arthur Thornton

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Apr – Jun 1894

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


No marriage for Arthur has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
Willie Thornton

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Friday Bridge, Elm, Cambridgeshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Horseman Main Works

Mother’s Name:
Elizabeth ?

Mother’s DOB: Step-Mother

Mothers POB: Step-Mother
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
George Thornton, 1888, Bourne
Arthur Thornton, 1894, Bourne
Lydia Thornton, 1896, Bourne
Eve Thornton, 1903, Bourne
William Thornton, 1905, Bourne
Plus 3 more whose names are unknown taken from the 1911 census.

1901 Census:
Arthur is living with his father at Bedehouse Bank, Bourne, Lincolnshire

1911 Census:
Arthur is living with his parents in Eastgate, Bourne, Lincolnshire.The census gives him an age of 17 and he is listed as a labourer.

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions

Grantham Journal Saturday 27th October 1917
WAR NOTES – Official notification has been received during the week of the death of three Bourne “boys”. Pte John Albert Victor Bosley, of the Australian Imperial Forces, was killed on October 4th. He was in Australia at the time of outbreak of war and joined the forces in the Colonies in March 1916 after having been twice rejected. He was in training in Australia for six weeks, afterwards being transferred to Salisbury Plain, where, after four months further training, he was drafted abroad. Another notification was in respect of Pte. Arthur Thornton, who was formerly in the employ of Messrs. T.W. Mays and Sons. Ltd. and was of such fine physique as to be acceptable for the Life Guards. The third notification was that of Sergt. Major Stephen Kettle, who was quite recently home on leave. Deceased was well known at Bourne and was in the Amy prior to the outbreak of war. Official notification has also been received that Pte. William Michelson, of Bourne, is missing. The news was received on Friday, the information being forwarded to his wife.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that A Corporal Arthur Thornton, 59, Household Battalion Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line was killed in action on 7th October 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders..

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
Arthur’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal

UK:Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Corporal Arthur Thornton, 59, Household Battalion who died on 7 October 1917
Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial.

More information:

Military Service Timeline:

Enlisted in Bourne


Research into the life of this man is currently being carried out. This page will be updated in due course. If you have any information to offer or questions with regards to any information we hold, please get in touch.

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