Life Before The War.
Henry was born in 1872 in Hampshire, his parents were Joseph and Ellen. Joseph was born in 1834 , his mother Ellen was born in 1834 and died in 1879, his parents were married in 1855.
Henry had 3 brothers George 1876, Joseph and John, and 3 sisters Phoebe Jane 1878, Ellen b 1867 and Anne b 1868.
In the census of 1881 Henry was living with his father Joseph- now a widow and brothers at 57 Winchester Street.
In the 1891 census his father had remarried, his wife’s name was Jane. The family were living at 77 Craven Street.St.Mary’s.Southampton.Also registered on the census at this address was George 1876, Phoebe Jane 1878,Elizabeth 1882, James 1885 and William, 1887.
In the census of 1901 Arthur was living with his brother Joseph and his family at Chapel Street, his occupation was given as a dock labourer.
Arthur married Emma Jane nee Boggelin in Southampton in 1910 they lived at 69 Clifford Street.Southampton.
In the 1911 census Arthur was living with his wife at 33 Clifford Street he was employed as a baker. Also living at the address were his step children Walter Blake b1893, Maud Blake b904, John Blake b1902 and Bert Blake b1896.
Henry joined the Mercantile Marine Service and served on H.M.S.Arcadian as a troop baker. H.M.S.Arcadian was a passenger ship and was converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser. She had 1,335 troops and crew on board when she was hit in February 1915 by a submarine UC 74 26 miles north east of the Greek Island of Milos. She sank within 6 minutes with the loss of 279 lives many of which were cooks and stokers. Any survivors were rescued by H.M.S.Redbreast.
Researched by Shaun Connolly 2014