Born: 1892, Ipswich.
Died: 25th November 1914; age 22; Prisoner of War.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 8311
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs Bugg, of 32, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.
Brother to FREDERICK THOMAS BUGG.
1901 32, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.
Arthur was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Henry W. Bugg, 40, a Corn Miller’s Labourer, born Burgh, Suffolk.
Annie Elizabeth Bugg (nee East), 39, born Ipswich.
Henry Walter Bugg, 16, a General Errand Boy, born Ipswich.
Bessie Elizabeth Bugg, 14, a Tailoress, born Ipswich.
Edith May Bugg, 11, born Ipswich.
Frederick Thomas Bugg, 6, born Ipswich.
Frank Walter Bugg, 3, born Ipswich.
Percy Oliver Bugg, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 32, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.
Arthur was 18 years old, a Foundry Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Harry, 50, a Mill Labourer.
Edith, 21, a Factory Hand.
Fred, 16, a Butcher.
Frank, 13, a Butcher.
Sidney Charles Bugg, 7, born Ipswich.
Arthur’s brother Sidney Charles Bugg, died in the Second World War, on the 30th May 1943, at Burma. He was a Private, 5828171, in the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Arthur is also remembered on Holy Trinity church Memorial, Ipswich.
Arthur was believed to be captured between 26th – 27th August
26th August 1914 2nd Battalion the Suffolk Regiment are called into action at the Battle of La Cateau
The British army was in retreat, but at La Cateau it was decided to make a stand. For many troops exhausted from there march from La Harve followed by the battle and retreat from Mons orders were given to dig in, heavy guns brought forward in an almost a Napoleonic style stand against the advancing Germans.
The 2nd Battalion left Dublin on the 13th of August landing in La Havre on the 17th being transported by train to La Cateau on the 18th The weather was hot and still they marched 8 miles to Landrecies from there they marched north to Belgium a further 17 miles arriving at Mons on the 23rd of August by the 24th the British army was retiring back to France the 2nd Battalion fell back to Hamin then to St.Waast by the 26th they were back to the outskirts of La Cateau.
It is believed the Suffolk Regiment the 2nd Battalion recorded 720 casualties killed wounded and missing.
40, 000 British troop’s fort in the battle 7,812 British casualties 2,600 taken prisoner German losses were estimated 2,900. At this time trench warfare was in its infancy, trenches were shallow scrapes in the ground and most being shoulder high with little protection from bursting shrapnel shells. As the months moved on more time was taken in the preparation of the trenches and at this point steel helmets were not issued throughout the British army.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion: