|Date of birth:||1889|
|Place of birth:||Fair Oak, Southampton|
|Regiment:||Royal Garrison Artillery|
|Battalion:||118th Anti Aircraft Section|
|Rank / Service No:||Gunner, 353042|
|Died:||21st September 1918, aged 29 years|
|Buried:||Amara War Cemetery, Iraq|
Arthur was the seventh of 8 known siblings born to George and Ann Eliza Haddon (nee Piper), who married in Hythe near Southampton in 1870.
The couple had 10 children, so it must be assumed that two siblings died in infancy.
George was born in Totton in 1848 and he died in Southampton in 1912.
Ann was born in Hythe in 1849 and she passed away in the city in 1928.
Ada Rose b. 1872 Hythe d. 1934 Isle of Wight Married James William Peirce in Woolston on 13 July 1900.
Nellie May b. 1874 Hythe d. 1920 Woolston Married Arthur Albert Heath in Southampton in 1900.
Charles William b. 1876 Hythe d. 1951 Middlesex
Julia Lucy b. 1880 Woolston d. ??
Frederick John b. 1882 Shirley d. 1957 Southampton
Annie Moss b. 1888 Shirley d. 1969 Southampton Married Walter R. Aldridge in Southampton in 1934.
Kathleen Laura b. 29 October 1890 Shirley d. 1974 Southampton Married Raymond o. Wells in Southampton in 1916. Married William J. Miselbrook in Southampton in 1934.
It has proven impossible to glean any information about the 118th A.A.S in the war. It is possible that the battalion was in Gallipoli before transferring to Mesopotamia via Egypt.
Arthur was one of 4621 burials in Amara War Cemetry, 925 of which are unidentified.
All the original headstones were removed in 1933, because salts in the soil were causing deterioration.
The headstones were replaced by a screen wall, with the names of the dead engraved upon it. Unfortunately this wall has been vandalised over the years.
The cemetery suffered during the Gulf War but, thanks to the efforts of one local man (see newspaper article), it was not completely ruined and a complete set of replacement headstones was discovered in a warehouse after the war.
The CWGC has it in mind to complete renovations of the graveyard as soon as discussions with the Iraqi government are finalised.
|Published:||1st September 2016|
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