Signaller Arthur Olney

Rank or Title

Date of Birth

26 Jun 1899

Date of Death

31 May 1916


Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

32 Hibbert Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Lost at sea
United Kingdom

Grave Location

Lost at sea
United Kingdom

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 8th June 1916
Signal Boy Arthur Olney


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.


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Signal Boy Arthur Olney

Author: Deejaya

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