|Date of birth:||1871|
|Place of birth:||Alverstoke, Hampshire|
|Rank / Service No:||Private, 893079|
|Died:||28th September 1918, aged 47 years|
|Buried:||Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece|
Arthur was the younger of 2 sons born to Henry and Eliza Maria Jackson (nee Rundle), who married in Alverstoke in 1868.
Henry was born in Derbyshire in 1846 and he died in Alverstoke at the young age of 27, in 1873.
Eliza had been born near Alverstoke in 1850 and she died near Fareham in 1915.
Henry b. 1869 Alverstoke d. 1936 West Meon Married Caroline Parkins in West Meon in 1900.
Arthur married Margaret Eliza Lovatt in Shirley in 1898. Margaret was a local girl, born on 3 December 1872, and the couple had 3 children.
The family initially lived at 33 Wolseley Road, Shirley.
Arthur Lovatt b. 12 September 1899 d. 1948 Shirley
Ronald b. 23 June 1906 Bitterne Park d. ?? Married Mary E. Dale in Southampton in 1939.
Helen Louisa b. 1906 Bitterne Park d. 1978 Southampton Married Archibald E. Mason in Southampton in 1950.
Arthur’s military career probably started in the 3rd Hampshires, but he definitely enlisted in the South Lancashire Regt (#2909) on 28 October 1889, at Fort Purbrook.
He transferred to the Army Reserve on 28 October 1896 but was recalled on 13 November 1899, specifically to fight in the Boer War.
After returning from South Africa, Arthur was once again discharged (4 September 1902).
Arthur was nigh on 43 years old at the outbreak of WW1, so he must have been very fit for his age.
The battalion sailed for Mudros on 7 July 1915, as part of the 29th Brigade in the 10th (Irish) Division, and the Gallipoli campaign.
The 10th Hampshires were used operationally only when it was too late and, hence, suffered huge casualties during the short campaign.
They were withdrawn from Gallipoli on 29 September 1915 and moved to Salonika, landing in early October.
On 7th and 8th December, the battalion was involved in action at Kosturino, during the retreat from Serbia.
The division sailed from Salonika to Egypt in early September 1916, concentrating near Rafa to prepare for the Palestine Campaign. On 2 November, the battalion transferred to the 82nd Brigade in the 27th Division.
Having spent 18 months in Palestine, the majority of battalion companies returned to France.
Arthur’s company was one of the few to return to Salonika, still as part of the 27th Division, to help quell the Bulgarians.
The division were involved in the capture of the Roche Noir salient and other actions.
Arthur perished from malaria, just 2 days before hostilities finished with Bulgaria, and the division returned to the Black Sea.
The division reached Constantinople on 19 December 1918 and was finally disbanded on 24 September 1919.
Arthur’s headstone reads: “For England.”
|Published:||3rd October 2016|
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