Mark Aris was born in Whitwick, Leicestershire in 1888. His father Thomas Aris had been born in Middleton Cheney, Northants. Hs mother Elizabeth (nee Spencer) came from Long Lawford, where they were married in 1885. The family moved around several places in Leicestershire, and by 1901 were living in Main Street, Long Lawford, where Thomas was employed as a general labourer. Mark was aged 12, the eldest of six children still living at home.
By 1911 the family was living at 35 Abbey Street, Rugby, but Mark was not with them. Thomas was working at BTH as a boiler stoker.
Mark Aris joined the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry as a private (No. 11045) He arrived in France on 20th May 1915 and when he died on 6th August 1915, his rank was lance corporal. He probably died as a result of the Battle of Hooge, which took place the previous week. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
According to the records of soldiers effects, his next of kin were his married sisters Alice Maud Steane and Ethel M Seaton.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM