Date of Birth: April 1892.
Place of Birth: Bournemouth. Dorset.
Service Number: 272436.
Regiment/Division: Royal Navy.
Rank: Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class.
Ship: H.M.S. Queen Mary.
Died: 31 May 1916.
Death Location: North Sea.
Life Before The War.
Arthur was born in Bournemouth Dorset in April 1892, his parents were William and Bessie Blachford who were married in Lymington Hampshire in 1884.
His father William Thomas was born in 1860 and died in 1946, his mother Elisabeth Florence (nee Hicks) was born in 1863 and also died in 1946.
Arthur had 6 brothers William 1885 – 1967, Edwin 1887 – 1927,James 1894 – 1970, Charles 1896 – 1975, Wilfred 1899 – 1960 and Frank 1901 – 1965, he also had 2 sisters Frances 1887 – 1947 and Dorothy 1890 – 1986.
Arthur married Maude Louise Witshire on 16th January 1915 in Southampton, Maude was born in 1892 and lived at 26 South View Road Bitterne Manor, they had 1 son Donald A Blachford 1916 – 1992.
In the census of 1901 Arthur was living in Portswood with his parents and family his father was a carpenter/joiner.
In the 1911 census Arthur’s parents with their children, except Arthur, were living at Kia Ora Englefield Road.Bitterne Manor. Southampton.
When Arthur died his wife was registered as living at Soudan Villa. Englefield Road.Bitterne Manor.
Arthur joined the Royal Navy and served on the Queen Mary as an engine room artificer 3rd class. The Queen Mary was the last battle cruiser, she was built by the Royal Navy before World War 1 and completed in 1913.
She was hit by S.M.S. Derffinger on the 31st May 1916 at the battle of Jutland in the North Sea. 1,266 crewmen died. 18 survivors were rescued by the destroyers HM.S. Laurel, H.M.S Petals and H.M.S. Tipperary.
Arthur was entitled to the Victory Medal and British War Medal.
He is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval memorial and also the Southampton Cenotaph Wall.
Researched by Shaun Connolly 2014.