Private Arthur James Rice

Thank you to Jane Anthony for this research and thank you to Karen Rice, grandniece of Arthur and Alfred Rice for additional information.

Arthur James and Alfred Thomas Rice were the sons of William and Fanny Rice.  At the time of the 1911 census the family which also included an older brother and a nephew were living at Broadmoor in Wotton. William Rice and his oldest son, another William, were both employed on the Wotton Estate as wood-men.

The older of the two brothers who were killed in the war was Arthur who was born in 1881 in Wotton, at the time of the 1911 census he was employed as a gardener.  His younger brother Alfred was also born in Wotton eleven years later in 1893, at the time of the census his occupation was given as labourer. The oldest son living with his parents, William, was significantly older that the other two and was born in about 1870.  In all the William and Fanny had 11 children, three of whom died in infancy.

Son of William and Fanny Rice of Broadmoor, Dorking
Husband of Florence Mabel Rice of Makepeace, Park Lane, Reigate
Brother of Alfred Thomas Rice
Regiment Labour Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, Labour Corps
Number 40858
Date of Death 25th February 1919
Place of Death Dorking, Surrey
Age 38
Cemetery Dorking Cemetery
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