Arthur Dodson

 

Arthur was born on the 1/2/1892 at Highgate, London and enlisted in the Battalion before the 13/8/1915 when his name first appears in the records indicating that his occupation was a labourer. He gave his address on enlistment as coming from Little Stukeley, Huntingdonshire, and was at first given the H. C. B. number of 1111.

The notebook of Sergeant Sidney Woods indicates that he was one of 15 men in No. 5 and 6 section of No. 6 platoon. The notebook also gives us the following information about this man. Religion C of E ; Boot size 7 ; Cap size 7"; Height 5'-3";Chest 32". He was listed as Married. He had been vaccinated and inoculated with the rest of the men in his platoon. He was given a full set of equipment that included, pouch right and left, 100 rounds of ammunition, back pack, strap support, braces, cape straps, 2 boots, 3 blankets, waterproof sheet, bolster, paliase, field dressing, identity disc, mess tins, haversack, cycle, whistle and waist belt.

The notebook also indicates that he joined the imperial force for a period of 4 years. He had a brother Nobby??

Had 2 children = Lucy alive at Eaton Socon & George ???

Then re married and had Arthur and Fred - information from family.

He possessed HCB rifle number 751 with the bolt number 146030 and cycle number 44

He was later transferred to the Royal Naval Division - [63rd Division]

Relations of Arthur Dodson =  Frank Garton and Arthur William Garton.

 

   
 

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Many thanks for family members for supplying all the background information on Arthur and memories passed on to them.

 

   
       

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09/04/2012 Martyn Smith