Rank or Title
Date of Birth
26 Jun 1899
Date of Death
31 May 1916
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Signal Boy Arthur Olney, 16, drowned when HMS Queen Mary was sunk in the Battle of Jutland on May 31st, 1916. His body was not found for burial.
Confirmation of his death came in an official intimation from the War Office to his widowed mother Susan at her home, 32 Hibbert Street, Luton.
Educated at Queen Square School, Luton, Arthur Olney served on the Great Northern Railway for 12 months before joining the Navy in which he served for 16 months, 11 months on the Queen Mary.
He had sent a cheery letter home two weeks before his death and was looking forward to coming home on leave in August.
A brother was serving in the 2/5th Bedfordshire Regiment.