Arthur William Hopkins.

. Arthur William joined the HCB  from 18 Filberts Walk St.Ives, Huntingdonshire on the 28/8/1915 when he enlisted at Huntingdon H Q in St. Mary's Street. He was posted to the 3/1st Battalion with the number 1435 - he served as a private Records indicate that he was born on the 12th Feb. 1883 in the 'Jolly Waterman', Public House St.Ives, Huntingdonshire.  He gave his occupation as a Mineral water bottler, his parents were William and Emma (nee - Ashley)

He was allotted cycle number 65, rifle number 703, bolt 703 and bayonet 1468732.

The notebook of Sergeant Sidney Woods (ref 482) 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 9 ; Cap size 6-7/8"; Height 5'-7";Chest 42". 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 the war years. He married Ethel Mary Norton at the parish church St. Ives on 25-12-1907, and had 6 children. His father died when he was in France, November 1917. He died in 1968 at Petersfield hospital Huntingdon. He had two children when enlisted Albert Arthur William aged 5 and Constance Annie Emily aged 3 years.

He later transferred into the Royal Naval Division - 63rd Division Army number 290319.

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In a local paper his obit 15/11/1968 = Arthur William Hopkins died aged 85 yrs. Was H.C.B., then transferred into the  Northants Regt. Served at Mons and Passchendale Ridge. Twice wounded.

Information kindly provided by David Peters.

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