Project Description

ARTHUR VICKERSTAFF 1888–1947

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Born 5th August 1888 in Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 6th September 1888 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Radcliffe

Married 1920 to Elizabeth Douglas in Durham

Daughter Ida Elizabeth born 1923

Died 1947, age 59 in Radcliffe on Trent

Radcliffe on Trent School Register

He started school on 29.8.1892, when his parents’ address was Little Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.

1891 Census

Living on Back Lane, Radcliffe on Trent with father Samuel, a bricklayer’s labourer, mother Annie and younger sister Elizabeth.

1901 Census

He is listed as a farmyard assistant, living with widowed mother Annie, a charwoman age 34, and sisters Elizabeth 10, Florence 7 and Minnie 4, on Back Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.

1911 Census

Ten years later the 1911 Census found them living on Wharf Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 21013 (Lancashire Fusiliers), 237294 (Labour Corps)

Military Unit: 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, 12th Brigade, 4th Division, followed by 7th Agricultural Company, Northumberland Fusiliers, then Labour Corps

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 3.8.15.

Enlisted 26.12.1914 in Sherwood Foresters.  Age 24 and 4 months, according to service record.

Occupation coal carter; address Lamcote, Radcliffe on Trent.

Height 5ft 6ins, weight 130lbs, chest 35½ ins, large scar inside right leg, slight spinal curvature.

Next of kin: Mother, Annie Rowe of Lamcote

26.12.14: Attested

28.12.14: Posted

April 1915:  Transferred to Lancashire Fusiliers

1.4.15: Smoking cigarette in ranks on Church parade: 4 days CB (confined to barracks)

11.4.15: Talking in ranks: 3 days CB

3.6.15: Talking on parade: 3 days CB

25.6.15: Absent from fatigue at 7am: 3 days CB

24.7.15: Transferred to  Lancs. Fusiliers, Rank: Private, Service Number: 21013  later 24255

3.8.15: Posted to France

13.3.16-18.4.16: In 2nd Birmingham War Hospital with influenza (37 days)

When he was on active service, his battalion saw action at the Battle of Albert (1st-13th July, 1916, part of the Battle of the Somme) and the Battle of Le Transloy Ridges (1st-20th October, 1916) among other conflicts.

Wounded
1.11.16: Gunshot wound in left shoulder

10.11.16: Back sprain

12.11.16: To England per hospital ship Asturias

15.11.16: Sprained back: in Birmingham War hospital 25 days.  Medical report states ‘Trench blown in and buried patient. On admission complains of shooting pains up and down back – worse on movement. Also pain across lower portion of abdomen.’

Entitled to wear “Wound Stripe”

For more information, description of the Wound Stripe click here.

His service number at this date 24255

8.1.17: Transferred to No 14 Infantry Works Company, Durham Light Infantry

25.5.17: Subsequent transfer to 412th Agricultural Company

23.6.17: Transferred to Labour Corps

24.8.17: Transferred to 349th Home Service Labour Company

5.3.19: Placed on Class Z, Army Reserve for demobilization

Arthur served in France 3.8.1915 to 12.3.1916 and was then posted home with influenza on the hospital ship Panama.  He seems to have returned to active service until November 1916, when he received a gunshot wound to his left shoulder, then a sprained back, spending 25 days in hospital in Manchester.  He was discharged on 5.12.1919 from 412 Agricultural Coy, Labour Corps (Service Number: 21013).

His home address was given as Low Carr House, Framwell Gate, Durham on Statement of Disability form.

Medals Awarded: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory, sent May 31st 1922.

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1939 Register

Address: Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: builder’s labourer

Household: living with wife Elizabeth

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent