Private Arthur L. STARKEY


Regiment/Service:
Lincolnshire Regiment
(Formerly: Norfolk Regiment)
Unit:
8th Battalion
Service Number:
41688
(Formerly: 30862 Norfolk Regiment)
Date of Death:
4 October 1917 - Killed in Action
Age:
21
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Number:
XIX. D. 13.


Personal History:

Arthur was born in the March quarter 1897, the son of Edward (Slater) and Martha (née Ashmore) Starkey, of 6 Byron Street, Buxton. (1901 Census RG 13/3269)

He had an older sister, Alice Maud, an older brother, Robert [see Footnote below], and four younger siblings, Edith, William, Reginald and Florence (1911 Census RG 14/21241). In 1911 14 year old Arthur was employed as a "Golf Caddie".

Military History:
Arthur's Service Papers have not survived but it is known that he enlisted in Buxton. His Medal Index Card shows that he had originally enlisted with the Norfolk Regiment, before transferring to the 8th Battalion, the Lincolnshire Regiment.

The Buxton Advertiser, of 7th September 1918, reported that he had joined up in November 1915 but was reported missing on 4th October 1917. "He is now presumed to have died on that date."

In July 1916 Arthur's Battalion had been transferred to the 37th Division and on 4th October 1917 were forming part of Plumer's Second Army at the Battle of Broodseinde. Before that they had fought at the Battle of Polygon Wood, 26th September - 3rd October 1917. These two Battles formed part of what collectively became known as the Third Battle of Ypres, or more often known as Passchendaele.

The 8th Battalion, the Lincolnshire Regiment attacked Jute and Bury Cottages on the 4th October and the War Diary reported 8 Officers and 181 other ranks as casualties. The CWGC records show 54 Officers and other ranks killed on the 4th, Arthur was one of those casualties and is now buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, which was begun by the 7th Division Burial Officer early in October 1917. It contained originally 76 graves, but was greatly increased after the Armistice, so he may have buried where he fell and moved to Hooge later.

Arthur is one of nine of the men killed on October 4th buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery; 39 of the remainder have no known grave and are commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.


                                    

Footnote:
· Arthur's older brother, Sergeant Robert Starkey, 1/7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action, 22 July 1918.

Sources:
· The Buxton Advertiser 7 September 1918
· I am grateful to Jane Roberts for the photo of Arthur's grave

Link to CWGC Record
Pt Starkey's Grave
poppy
... about the Battle of Broodseinde