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Ronald Henry Preuss Arnholz

Born:
1897
Died:
17 Tishri 5679 (23 September 1918)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
ARN0435
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1897
Place of birth:
Hampstead

Death

Date of death:
17 Tishri 5679 (23 September 1918)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
Achiet-le-petit
Cause of death:
Killed in Action
Burial place:
Adanac Miliary Cemetery, Miraumont

Places

Addresses

Family home:
62 Fairhazel Gardens, London

Schools

Name:
University College School
Name:
Hythe School of Musketry

Other Organisations

Name:
Inns of Court O.T.C.
Significance:
Corporal
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Obituary from the Times, 14 September 1918

LIEUTENANT RONALD HENRY ARNHOLZ - Herts Regiment, attached Bedfordshire Regiment, was the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arnholz, of 62, Fairhazel-gardens, South Hampstead. He was born on September 3, 1897, and was educated at University College School, where he was vice-captain of the pre-paratory branch, before passing into the school itself. At school he took an active part in all games and sports, and was corporal in the O.T.C. Declining to return to school when war broke out, he joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. in September, 1914, when barely 17, and was gazetted second lieutenant in the Herts Regiment on March 25, 1915. Meanwhile, he passed the solicitors' preliminary examination, and was articled to his father in November, 1914. He became a first-class shot, and passed through the Hythe School of Musketry. Owing to his youth, his colonel would not allow him to go to France, so when volunteers for Mesopotamia were called for in January, 1916, he was among those who volunteered, and he sailed for the Persian Gulf on February, 10 of that year. He was attached to the 6th Buffs, and was engaged in the heavy fighting which took place in the following March and April, until taken ill with dysentery. He was invalided first to India, where he spent four months in hospital, and then to England. He was promoted temporary lieutenant on February 22, 1917, and on August 23 of the same year the rank was made permanent, and the promotion ante-dated to June 1, 1916. He volunteered for another front in August, 1917, but was not sent out till April 16 last. He fell on August 23 (11 days before his 21st birthday) at the head of his platoon in a successful attack. His major writes:-" It will be very difficult to replace him. He was popular with his men, and inspired all by his cheerfulness. He died a soldier's death, leading his men in a manner reflecting the highest credit both on himself and on the regiment to which he had the honour to belong. We are all very sorry indeed, to lose him, for he was alvays cheerful, and was popular with officers and men."

Family

Siblings

Cynthia Rosalind Preuss Arhnolz (female)
Hugh Edward Preuss Arnholz (male)

Parents

Father: Henry Arnholz (male)
Mother: Amelia Arnholz (female)

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Military Record

Military service:
Army
Date discharged/death:
23 September 1918
Rank at discharge/death:
Lieutenant
Assignments
Regiment:
The Buffs (East Yorkshire Regiment)
Battalion/unit:
5th Battalion
Posting:
Persian Gulf
Regiment:
Bedfordshire Regiment
Battalion/unit:
1st Batalion
Posting:
Somme
Campaigns:
Battle of Bapaume

Roll of Honour

R. H. ARNHOLZ, 23 September 1918

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Lieutenant
Date of Death:
23/08/1918
Age:
20
Regiment / service:
attd. 1st Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment
Cemetery:
Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont
Grave reference:
III. D. 19.
Additional information:

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Solicitor

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