(One of ) the War Veterans

One of the categories for the genealogy blogging this year is the ‘War Veteran’

The one I’ve chosen to feature today is one of Bob’s relatives.

Arthur Hepton was born in Birdsall in 1897, and was one of three sons in the family. He had enlisted 1916 and was a Lieutenant in the 5th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment. He died of wounds, aged 21, in the hands of the Germans, as was suggested in one of the newspaper reports at the time.  He earned the British War Medal & the Victory Medal and was buried in Ennemain Communal Cemetery Extension.

The Selby Times of 12 April 1918 reported:

Londesborough Lieutenant missing

Mr J W Hepton, clerk of works to the Earl of Londesborough, at Londesborough Park, has received the sad news that his eldest surviving son – Lieut. Arthur Hepton, 5th Yorkshire Battalion, B Company, has been wounded and missing in the recent heavy fight.  Letter have been received from Lieut. Col J A Raymond Thompson and from Captain E M Robson, bearing eloquent testimony to the gallant officer’s services, and stating that at the time they were holding the front line when the enemy attacked, and he along with the Company held on and fought a splendid battle in which they inflicted heavy losses.  In his gallant action he was wounded, and was believed to be a prisoner in enemy hands.


It wasn’t until 28 June 1918 that a follow up article was posted:

Death of an officer

Lieut. Arthur Hepton, Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr & Mrs Hepton, Londesborough, Market Weighton, who was reported wounded and missing on March 25th is now known to have died on April 13th.  He was 21 years of age and educated at the Pocklington school, gaining distinction there, and being also cricket captain.  Lieut. Hepton went to the front in September 1916, and was in command of a company when wounded.  His colonel, writing home says he was a most gallant and splendid fellow.


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