Other names: Arthur Douglas Reginald
Locations in this story: Ramsgate, KentMelcombe Regis, DorsetMilford, Salisbury, WiltshireShaftesbury, DorsetArras, FranceGermanyExeter, DevonshireBristolWimborne Minster, Dorset
Story: Arthur Douglas Reginald Bacchus was born in Ramsgate, Kent, on 7 Jan 1887 and baptised in Melcombe Regis, Dorset, on 10 Apr 1887 the son of Charles Edmund Bacchus and Annie Charlotte Bacchus (nee Wadsworth). He lived some of his early life in Ramsgate until by 1901 the family had moved to 'Rothays', Milford, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Arthur had received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He married Pauline Giles in Exeter, Devonshire, in Oct 1913. He had possibly been a Territorial member of the Household Brigade prior to WW1 (Service No. 1529) but was embodied on 26 Nov 1915 as a Trooper in the Guards Machine Gun Regiment (Service No. 2282). He served in France & Flanders but was taken prisoner at Arras, France, on 3 May 1917 and spent time in a POW Camp in Germany. It is presumed he had received wounds at the time of his capture as it later transpired he had received an injury to his face and right foot. He had also contacted tuberculosis and was discharged on due to his physical situation on 3 Jan 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the Silver War Badge No. B208056. Regrettably he died in Bristol on 17 May 1924 and was brought to Wimborne Minster, Dorset, for burial on 21 May 1924.