Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1915.
Born: 1882, Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Died: In the morning of the 21st December 1914; age 33; KiA at Allonagne – Leading his section out of a tight corner. If he had not acted as he did the whole section would have been lost.
E.A.D.T. – Friday, 1st January 1915 – Mrs. Arbon, of 73, Elliott Street, Ipswich, has received the following letter from Captain H. D. Mitchell, 4th Suffolks: – “I very much regret to inform you that your husband Lance-Sergeant Jesse Arbon, was killed in action on the morning of Monday, 21st December. He died fighting like a true British soldier and is a credit to his company and to his country. At the time he met his death, he was leading his section out of a very tight corner, and there is no doubt that if he had not acted as he did the whole section would have been lost. He was a very good N.C.O., and I shall feel his loss very much. I can assure you that you have my deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement.”
Residence: 73, Elliott Street, Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 266.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Pas de Calais,
1881 Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Jesse was a month old and living with his parents & siblings.
John Arbon, 29, a Wheelwright Master, born Mendlesham.
Emma Arbon (nee Clover), 28, born Mendlesham.
Walter Arbon, 7, born Mendlesham.
Alfred R. Arbon, 6, born Mendlesham.
Jabez Arbon, 3, born Mendlesham.
1891 Back Street, Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Jesse was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
John, 39, a Carpenter.
Walter, 17, a Carpenter.
Alfred, 16, a Grocer’s Assistant.
Bessie Arbon, 6, born Mendlesham.
Victor William Arbon, 4, born Mendlesham.
Eva Arbon, 2, born Mendlesham.
Arthur, 7 months, Born Mendlesham.
1901 13, Crispin Court, Colchester, Essex.
Jesse was 18 years old, a Saddle Harness Worker. He was a boarder at the home of George Dines, a Horse Keeper and Groom.
Jesse (far left) and family
Photograph courtesy of Meg Barnett.
1911 27, Bramford Road, Ipswich.
Jesse was 28 years old, a Bag maker – Portmanteaus. He was boarding at the home of Happy Grimsey.
In 1911, in Mendlesham, Suffolk, Jesse married Rose Abbott, born April 1881, Stoke Ash, Suffolk – daughter of George Abbott, a jobbing gardener, and Emily Abbott (nee Cracknell), of School House, Stowmarket Road, Mendlesham.
Rose and Jesse had one son:
Reginald Jesse Arbon, born July 1912, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Rose Arbon – widow.
In 2018 Students from Mendlesham Primary School travelled to Verquin where they are twinned with the school. They visited Notre Dame de Lorette and Le Tourette, Richebourg cemetery and placed a wreath on his memorial plaque to commemorate this son of Mendlesham.
Jesse has no known grave. Images courtesy of Kevin Knights and Mendlesham Primary School.
THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 1/4th Battalion Territorial Force:
On 20th December 1914, the 4th Battalion of the Suffolks reached the village of Givenchy next to La Bombe Crossroads, near Neuve-Chapelle, and La Bassée Canal. Setting out from the village of Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée, B Company crossed the canal and joined the 1st Manchester Regiment at the Village line. C- Company on the edge of the canal rise and D-Company in the support trenches at the brewery. A-Company became the reserve in Cuinchy. During that afternoon the Germans attacked and captured a large part of the village but were repelled by the 1st Battalion of the Manchester Regiment and “B”- Company 4th Suffolk Regiment Casualties were recorded as “light.” This was one of the first battles the 4th Battalion took part in in the defence of Givenchy. 22nd December the Battalion left the line returning to Beuvry.