Arthur Kimbell Reeve was probably born in June 1876, he was baptised at St. Matthew, Rugby, on 25th of June 1876. His parents were William Reeve and Caroline Sturmer, who were married in June 1870 in Risbridge, Suffolk. Arthur had 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
In the 1881 Census, the family were living at 4, Laurel Terrace, Rugby. Father William is a Baker. In 1891, they had moved to 33, Arnold Street, Rugby, William continues to bake. The eldest brother, Ralph Frederick, 18 is a Coach Painter, and Edward is a Salesman.
Arthur was married to Frances Amanda Bushill on the 8th of April 1901 at New Bilton Parish Church, Rugby. Frances parents were Thomas Bushill, a Bricklayer and Emily Elizabeth.
Emily was a Dressmaker before their marriage working from home with her younger sister Maude. Emily was baptised at Church Lawford on 30th July 1876.
Arthur and Frances had two daughters, Frances Maud born in June 1902 and Edith in December 1903, both in Rugby.
In the 1911 Census Arthur and Frances are living at 16, Cambridge Street, Rugby, Arthur is a House Painter. Next door at Number 14 are his parents. Frances’ father and elder brother are bricklayers in the 1911 Census. In The Rugby Almanac for 1912, 13 and 14, Arthur Reeve is a Painter and his father a baker, Thomas Bushill is a bricklayer at 36, New Street.
William Reeve died in 1914.
Arthur joined Princess Charlotte of Wales’s Regiment (The Royal Berkshires) as a Private, with the reference number 29932. His entry in The Commonwealth War Graves Remembrance states he was in the 13th Battalion. This was a Volunteer ‘Labour’ Battalion formed in July 1916 in Corsham, and they moved to France on 21 September, 1916. I have contacted the Regimental Museum about Arthur but there is a 3 month waiting list for responses.
Arthur died on the 4th of March, 1917, in The Queen Alexandra Hospital, Dunkirk of spotted fever after an illness lasting 2 days. Spotted fever is a tick-bourne disease. It was probably Helvetica Spotted fever, which is prevalent in Sweden, Switzerland and France. It causes small red spots, fever, muscle pain, headache and respiratory problems. Today it can be cured by antibiotics but these were not discovered until many years later. Arthur was awarded the British War and Victory Medals
Arthur is buried in the Dunkirk Town Cemetery Grave Reference I.F.3.
Two days after Arthur’s death the USA declared war on Germany.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM