Born: 29th December 1884, Bloomsbury, Middlesex.
Baptised: 19th January 1885, St. Pancras, Middlesex. Address: 113, Whatfield Street, St. Pancras.
Missing in the Field – Death on or since- accepted: 22nd March 1918 age 33.
Residence: Bloomsbury, Middlesex.
Date of Entry Therein: 6th May 1917 – France. Embarked – Folkstone -Disembarked – Boulogne.
Offence: Absent Without Leave from 12 midnight on the 25th December 1916 until 11pm on the 26th december 1916. Forfeited one days pay.
Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 10th December 1915; Age: 30 years & 11 months; Occupation: Jewellers Manager; Address: 6, Jefferies Road, Ipswich. Signed up for the duration of the war. Height: 5ft & 6 1/4ins.
Rank: Private: Service Number: 88146
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).
Formerly 273594, R.A.S.C.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs S. Rice, of 22, Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London; husband of Beatrice Rice of 3791, Verdun Avenue, Verdun, Quebec, Canada.
1891 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury St. George, London.
Arthur was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Henry Rice, 39, an Upholsterers – Spring Maker, born Reading, Berkshire.
Sophia Rice (nee Dumbleton), 43, born Brompton, London.
Henry Joseph Rice, 14, born Marylebone, London.
Ellen Rice, 13, born St. Pancras, London.
Sophia Rice, 11, born Bloomsbury.
John Rice, 8, born Bloomsbury.
1901 32, Euston Road, St. Pancras, London.
Arthur was 16 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.
Henry, 24, a Railway Clerk.
Ellen, 23, a Finisher Bottler – Perfumery.
Sophia, 21, a Wrapper bottler – Drugs.
John, 18, a Printer – Compositor.
1911 21, Springfield Lane, Ipswich.
Arthur was 26 years old, a Jeweller’s Assistant. He was married and Head of the Household.
Arthur’s father, Henry Rice, died 1892, Islington, Middlesex.
On the 15th November 1908, at St. James, Hamstead Road, St. Pancras, London, Arthur, a Jeweller, married Beatrice Bearman, born 1886, Bloomsbury, London. They had 1 daughter:
Marjorie Beatrice Rice, born October, 1913, Ipswich.
On the 9th August 1919, Beatrice, 34, a widow and her 5 1/2 year old daughter, Marjorie arrived at the Port of Quebec. They had departed from the Port of Liverpool, travelling on the S.S. ‘Minnedosa’. They were to join Beatrice’s father and family at their home in Wellington Street, Verdun, Quebec, Canada.
MACHINE GUN CORPS.
The Machine Gun Corps was formed in October 1915 as the machine gun proved to be held affective as infantry support in trench warfare. Cavalry and Motor branches, followed in 1916 by the Heavy Branch. A depot and training centre was established at Belton Park in Grantham Lincolnshire also a training base depot at Camiers in France .the men were trained to a higher technical standard, capable of stripping down and mending the guns in the field.
The Machine Gun Corps had 62,049 casualties, including 12,498 killed out of 170,500 officers and men earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’ manly as machine guns were static or fix positions becoming prime targets for the enemy.