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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
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Arnold
Arthur was born in Arnold in 1893 the son of Albert a coal miner and Annie Blacknell née Holland of 9 Cross Street, Arnold, Nottingham. His father Albert Edward was born in 1865 in Calverton and his mother Annie was born in 1865 in Nottingham , they were married in the Arnold area in 1882 and had a total of 7 children , however sadly 2 died in infancy prior to the 1911 census, their surviving children were :- Fred b1883, Edith A b1885, Arthur E b1893, Ernest b1903 and Alice Jennie b1904, all the children were born in Arnold except Fred who was born in Nottingham . In the 1911 census the family are living at Cross Street, Arnold and are shown as Albert 46 yrs a colliery banksman , he is living with his wife Annie 46 yrs and their children Arthur E 18 yrs a threader in the lace industry, Ernest 8 yrs and Alice Jennie 7 yrs. He married his wife Olive Lander in Nottingham in 1911 and they went on to have three children Arthur b1912, Olive b1915 and Vera b1918. Following his death Olive re-married becoming Olive Martin, and moved to live in Birsay, Sackatchewan, Canada.
29 Sep 1917
25
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Lance Corporal
  • MM MM Military Medal
The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
Arthur enlisted in Nottingham on 1st September 1914, giving his birth place as Arnold , he served with the 11th battalion West Yorkshire Regiment . His medal index card shows he first entered a theatre of war in France on 13th July 1915 . He was honoured with the award of the Military Medal for his gallant actions during the battle of the Menin Road Ridge, near Ypres between the 20th and 24th September 1917. His award was published in the London Gazette dated 17th December 1917. Arthur was with his battalion (11th battalion )in the battle of Polygon Wood, in the Ypres Salient, which took place between the 28th September and 2nd October 1917. He was killed in this action on the 29th September 1917, when aged 25 years.He is buried in the Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium He left a widow and three children
An article published in the Hucknall Dispatch dated 6th December 1917 reads : - Arthur Blacknell, a married man living in Beeston with his wife and two children, enlisted on 1st September 1914. Crossing the Channel on 13th July 1915, he was wounded the following month and again during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. Recovering from a serious shoulder wound, Blacknell returned to France at Christmas 1916. During the Third Battle of Ypres, Blacknell’s conduct on 20th September 1917, during the capture of the remains of Herenthage Château, was recognised by the award of the Military Medal In the words of his battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel E.F. Fachner, “During the attack this N.C.O. led his section with great gallantry and dash, accounting for several fortified shell holes before reaching his objective. Finding that the only favourable position for consolidation was close to our own barrage and receiving short bursts, he had no hesitation in taking up a position there. His judgement and decision at the moment when he was the only N.C.O. left in the platoon was of the utmost value.” Shortly afterwards, Blacknell was reported missing. The battalion adjutant informed his wife at the same time as confirming his award of the Military Medal. “I have much pleasure in forwarding to you the ribbon for the Military Medal awarded to your husband (Lce-Corp. A.E. Blacknell), also the statement of the act for which it was awarded. It is with deep regret that I have to state he was reported “missing” on September 29th, 1917. The commanding officer desires me to convey to you his sympathy in your anxiety whilst waiting for further news of your husband. I regret can hold out no hopes of any further news. I am afraid we must accept his death in action as certain.” His body was eventually identified and Blacknell lies in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery. The above is curtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Arthur Edward Blacknell - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
  • This photo was published in the Hucknall Dispatch 6th December 1917, curtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook paged Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Arrthur Edward Blacknell - This photo was published in the Hucknall Dispatch 6th December 1917, curtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook paged Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918