Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Private Arthur Bozier of Luton

Thursday 17th August 1916: Private Arthur Bozier of 59 May Street, Luton, has had “a rather rough time of it” since joining the army. He was severely wounded by shrapnel in the left foot at the Battle of Loos, and spent many months in Reading and Wokingham hospitals. He has now been left with partial paralysis caused by trench foot and is now on light duty at Bedford. He has six young children and a sick wife, who is being treated in a sanatorium at Chesterfield[1]. Before he enlisted he was employed by Mr. Martin, bleacher and dyer, as a gardener.

Source: Luton News, 17th August 1916

[1] His wife Lucy evidently recovered, as they went on to have a further four children between 1917 and 1923. His daughter Irene, born in 1917, was given the unusual middle name “Verdun”.

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