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Lance Corporal Arthur Coy, 11858, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
21/06/2024
First World War Army United Kingdom
By Michalae Thompson

United Kingdom

Lance Corporal A Coy
276041
View record on CWGC
"A young man from Lincolnshire..."
A beloved brother (copyright unknown)

When Arthur Coy was born in 1891 in Barrowby, Lincolnshire, his father, Thomas, was 25 and his mother, Alice, was 21. He had three brothers and two sisters.

Arthur Coy joined the 8th battalion of the Lincolnshire regiment in 1915, and he Coy died on 21 January 1916 in Armentieres-sur-Avre, Eure, France, when he was 25.

As a family they were never told how he died and his death certificate states he died of his wounds. He is buried in the CWGC cemetery Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres and his name, along with his brother Wilfred (who died in WW2), is on the commemorative plaque and candlesticks in Barrowby church.

Arthur was a beloved older brother, and for the centenary of WW1, we bought 2 'there but not there' silhouettes and both Arthur and Wilfred's silhouettes can be seen in the local pub, reading room and church. They have even attended weddings.

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