War Memorial File



2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.

Service number; 16173.

Died on March 7th 1917.

Aged 22 years.


Bray Military Cemetery,
II. D. 39.


Died March 7th 1917, aged 22 years.

Son of John and Hannah Jakes, of Church Hill, Castor, Peterborough.

Report copied from The Peterborough Standard, dated March 24th 1917.

LANCE-CORPORAL ARTHUR JAKES, of Castor, was dangerously wounded in action, and died in hospital in France on March 7th. The sad news was conveyed to Canon Hulbert by the Chaplain, who performed the last sad rites. Only 22 years of age, deceased was one of five brothers who responded to the call at the beginning of the war, and had seen much active service in France. The greatest sympathy is expressed for Mr. and Mrs. Jakes, as another son, Pte. Reginald Jakes, has been wounded, and is now totally blind. Another brother, Sergeant Percy Jakes, also of the Northants Regt. has received the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery and courage on the battlefield, and has been offered a commission, which he has accepted. He has been home to Castor on leave, and is going into the O. T. C. The eldest brother, Lance-Corporal A. Jakes, of the Sherwood Foresters, is an instructor; and the youngest brother, Lance-Corpl. Ernest Jakes, Queen’s West Surreys, is now at the Front. This is a splendid family record.

Copied from The Church Magazine, March 1917:

Lance Corporal Arthur Jakes, 2nd Northants Regiment, was “ dangerously wounded” on March 4th. He lay unconscious till the 7th, and then passed peacefully away. The Chaplain who laid his body to rest in a Soldiers Cemetery, wrote to the Rector, asking him to convey the sad death to his family. He was much beloved by them, and by all who knew him.

Before joining the Army, he was a regular member of the Choir, a Communicant, and attended the Rectory Bible class. For many years he worked hard at training Scouts, and was a keen one himself. It is a great sorrow to all, that they will not see his bright face again on earth. He felt very strongly the greatness of the cause for which he and others were fighting, and thought no one could die a better death than in doing so.

He is one of five Soldier brothers, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Jakes, and one of whom has been previously wounded and discharged. Sergeant Percy Jakes, who has won the Military Medal, is at home on leave and at the recommendation of his Colonel is to be trained as an Officer.

A memorial Service was held on Sunday evening, March 18th, for Lance Corporal Jakes and Private William Warr.

There is a memorial stone in Castor churchyard with the following inscription:

In loving memory of
our dear son
Arthur Jakes
2nd Northants Regt.
Killed in action in France
March 4th 1917.
Aged 22 years.

Further information:

On the War Memorial Arthur Jakes is listed as Corporal.
The date on his memorial stone is March 4th but information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives the date March 7th.