Private Arthur James Coles was the younger son of John William Coles of Belton. His elder brother William also died in the war. Arthur joined the Worcestershire Regiment on 2 February 1917 and went to France on 3 March 1918 with the 1st Battalion. He was taken prisoner within a month of his landing, and died in the prisoner of war hospital at Meschide on 14 October 1918 aged 19. The cause of death is not known. Arthur is buried at Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, grave V.E.6, and is remembered on Ridlington's war memorial.
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