Arthur Henry Finch

Date of birth:                     1 May 1889
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Date of marriage:             14th February 1912
Place of marriage:            Southampton
Service No.:                        202391
Rank:                                     Gunner
Regiment / Division:      85th Anti – Aircraft Section, Royal Garrison Artillery
Died:                                      29th December 1918 aged 28 years
Death Location:                Port Said, Egypt

Life before the War
Arthur was born 1 May 1889 in Southampton.  His parents were Henry James Finch and Jessie Gordon, nee dyer.  He had eight siblings.

In 1891 the family were living at 29 York Street, St Mary’s Southampton.  James Finch is a Carter.  As well as Arthur and his parents were his siblings Frederick, Edith, Henry, Ernest and his stepbrother Daniel McCarthy.

In 1901 the family had moved to 60 Princes Street, St Mary’s, Southampton.  His father’s occupation was Carman Iron Factory.  Arthur’s sister Emily was a Domestic Servant,  his brother Henry was employed at the Oil Mills as a Labourer, while his brother Edward worked as a Cleaner.  His siblings Martha, Harold and Eliza were also at the residence.

By 1911 Arthur’s father had died and his mother had remarried to Charles Humphrey.  They were now living at 20 Britannia Road, Northam, Southampton.  Charles was a Carman whilst his mother was shown as a Housekeeper.  Arthur was also employed as a Carman.

In 1912 he married Amelia Olive Martin and had a daughter Iris Olive born 1913.

War Service
Arthur was accepted into the Army on 10 December 1915.  He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner, Regimental Number 202391.  He confirmed his address at 14 Clarence Street, Northam, Southampton.  His occupation was Carman.  He also confirmed he had married Amelia Olive Martin on 14 February 1912 in Southampton, giving her as his next of kin. The document also confirms the birth of their daughter Iris Olive on 7 March 1913.

Arthur died on 29 December 1918 from Broncho Pneumonia. His wife was awarded 20 shillings a week for herself and daughter with effect from 7 July 1919.  His personal items were returned to his wife.

He was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.

Arthur is Remembered with Honour in Ramleh War Cemetery.  The cemetery contains 3,300 Commonwealth buriasl of the First World War, 964 unidentified. The grounds also have a Memorial which was erected in 1916.

National Roll of the Great War – Finch A H Gunner RGA. He volunteered in April 1915 and was later sent to Egypt.  He was there engaged on garrison duties and also took part in the fighting in this Theatre of War.  Owing to ill health he was invalided to hospital in Port Said where he died in December 1918.  He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

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