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Belper,Derbyshire
Arthur was born In Belper,Derbyshire in 1896 the eldest son of Joseph and Gertrude Creswell, he was educated at Belper and on the 1911 census he and his family are shown living at 40 Cow Hill,Belper he is 15 yrs of age and a miner/horse driver working below ground.The family later move to Arnold where they lived at the Seven Stars Inn,Calverton Road,Arnold.
He was employed as a miner/horse driver working below ground
24 Sep 1917
21
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Private
2/5th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He enlisted into the army on 4th Setember 1914,he was wounded in France and was then taken to the Duchess of Bedfords Hospital at Woburn from where he received his discharge from the army on 11th April 1916 he died on 24th September 1917 and is buried in Belper Cemetery. He was awarded a silver war badge on his discharged.
He is buried in Belper Cemetery,Derbyshire The British Empire lost more than 700,000 service personnel killed in World War 1. An even greater number were discharged because of wounds or illness. In September 1916, King George V authorized the Silver War Badge (SWB) to honor all military personnel who had served at home or overseas since 4 August 1914 and who had been discharged because of wounds or illness. The SWB was a small, circular badge made of sterling silver, bearing the king’s initials, a crown, and the inscriptions ‘For King and Empire’ and ‘Services Rendered’. The SWB was not simply an honor; it also served a practical purpose. At the time, men of military age who were not obviously in the service were sometimes accosted or insulted by civilians presenting them with white feathers — a symbol of cowardice — for shirking their patriotic duty. The badge served as an outward symbol that the wearer’s duty to country had been honourably fulfilled.
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