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  • Buried in family plot, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery.  CWGC headstone.  Photograph Rachel Farrand (September 2014).
Person Details
Arthur Cyril was the youngest son of Charles Edwin and Mary Elizabeth Frettingham. Charles Edwin Frettingham was born in Beeston in 1852 and married Mary Elizabeth Taylor in 1882 (marriage registered O/N/D Nottingham). They had five sons, the second of whom died in infancy: Rupert Charles (b. 1883), Henry Taylor (b. 1885, birth registered A/M/J, died 7 August 1885 and buried Nottingham Church Cemetery 8 August 1885), Charles Henry (b. 1886), Leonard George (b. 9 November 1887) and Arthur Cyril (birth registered 1890 J/F/M). All the children were born in Nottingham. In 1891 Charles (39) was a hosiery warehouseman and he and Mary (36) were living at Ventnor Cottage, Hall Street, Basford with their four surviving sons, Rupert (7), Charles (4), Leonard (3) and Arthur (1). They employed one female general servant, Georgina Astbury (17). By 1901 Charles Edwin and Mary were living at 592A Mansfield Road, Carrington, Nottingham, with their four sons Rupert (17) who was now an apprentice joiner, Charles (14), Leonard (13) and Cyril (11). Charles Edwin was now a sub postmaster, and also in the household was Emily Ann Walby (20) who was a clerk in a post office. It is possible that the family was living above the post office. The family was living at 594 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, by 1911. Charles was now a manager in the hosiery trade. Only three of their sons were still living at home: Rupert (27) a postal clerk for the GPO, Charles (24) a warehouseman in the hosiery trade and Leonard (23) who was a clerk in the County Council education department. Charles and Mary employed one general servant, Emma Turner (18). Arthur has not been traced on the 1911 Census but an article in the local paper at the time of his death recorded that in the six years prior to 1914 Arthur 'had spent six years in different business centres in Germany' so it is possible that he was out of the country in 1911. At the time of Arthur's death his family was living at Mansfield Grove, Nottingham, in the parish of Radford All Saints. His parents later moved to 'The Orchards', Attenborough, Nottingham, the address on the CWGC record, and were living there when Charles applied for Arthur's medals in 1924. At least two of Arthur's brothers also served. Leonard was still working for Nottinghamshire County Council (Education Committee, Elementary branch, Finance) when he enlisted at the beginning of the war. He served initially in the Notts & Derby Regiment (17415 Lance Corporal) but was commissioned second lieutenant in the Leicestershire Regiment in April 1918. He was severely wounded in 1916 (probably the October) and was still convalescent in January 1917 and so it is likely that he attended his brother's funeral in March of that year. Leonard qualified for the 1915 Star, BWM, VM and applied for his medals on 28 May 1925 giving his address as Albert Factory, Gamble Street, Nottingham. Arthur's mother, Mary Elizabeth, probably died in 1924 (death registered March Shardlow Derbyshire) at the age of 69. His father, Charles Edwin died on 11 July 1928; he was then living at 39 Herbert Road, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham. His oldest brother, Rupert Charles, married Dorothy GD Ellis in 1933 (marriage registered A/M/J Nottingham) and died aged 85 in 1968 (cremation 3 December 1968). Charles Henry married Annie Dallas Taylor in 1919 (marriage registered A/M/J Nottingham) and died on 29 December 1958. He was then living at 11 Thistlebarrow Road, Bournemouth; his wife survived him. Leonard George died in 1970 (death registered December Basford) at the age of 83.
Attended Woodborough Road Baptist Church. Arthur probably went to University College Nottingham as the college was represented at the funeral as was the Mechanics Institution.
27 Feb 1917
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Second Lieutenant
Welsh Regiment
19th Bn, Welsh Regiment. He enlisted in September 1914 in the 10th Bn N&D Sherwood Foresters (17416 Private). He served in France from 14 July 1915 and was wounded in 1916. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Welsh Regiment in September 1916. He died of pneumonia on 27 February 1917 and presumably had been evacuated to England as he was buried Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery on 1 March 1917. (Church 2583). He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Post obituary (abridged) 28 February 1917: 'Frettingham, died of pneumonia, February 27th Arthur Cyril (Second Lieutenant) Welsh Regiment, age 27. Son of Mr and Mrs CI Frettingham, Mansfield Grove – Church Cemetery.' Nottingham Evening Post, Roll of Honour, March 1917. ‘Frettingham. Died of pneumonia, February 27th, Arthur Cyril (Second-Lieut, Welsh Regiment), aged 27, the beloved youngest son of Mr and Mrs CE Frettingham, Mansfield-grove. Deeply mourned by his sorrowing parents and brothers. Service at Woodborough-road Baptist Church. Thursday, 1.30, and at Church Cemetery, 2.15.’ Nottingham Evening Post, 1 March 1917: ‘Military Funeral in Nottingham. With simple military honours the funeral took place in the Church Cemetery, Nottingham, this afternoon of Second Lieut. Arthur Cyril Frettingham, a son of Mr CE Frettingham, of Mansfield-grove, who died of pneumonia on Monday. The interment was preceded by a service at the Woodborough-road Baptist Church, where the Rev. A Mann officiated,and the coffin, covered by the Union Jack, and a number of wreaths, was borne to the Church Cemetery on a gun-carriage, with an escort of Sherwood Foresteres. At the graveside the committal prayers were read by Canon Holbrook, and in addition to the immediate family mourners, who included two of the deceased officer’s brothers in uniform, there was a large attendance of sympathising friends. Both the University College and the Mechanics Institution were represented.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) 'NOTTM. OFFICER'S DEATH. Second-Lieut. Arthur Cecil Frettingham, Welsh Regiment, and a son of Mr. C. E. Frettingham, Mansfield-grove, Nottingham, died of pneumonia on February 27th, after seeing continuous service since the outbreak of war. Prior to enlisting in the Nottingham City Battalion in September, 1914, Lieut. Frettingham had spent six years in different business centres in Germany. He went to France in the summer of 1915, and was wounded in February, 1916. Returning to the front he took part in the big offensive on the Somme, receiving his commission last summer.” Article courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 All Saints Church News, April 1917: 'Arthur Cyril Frettingham, 23 Mansfield Grove, 2nd Lieutenant Welsh Fusiliers, enlisted September 1914, France summer 1915, commission 1916. Died pneumonia 27 February 1917. Attended Woodborough Road Baptist.' (Nottinghamshire Archives, PR28.237) Probate: Frettingham Charles Edwin of 39 Herbert-road Sherwood Rise Nottingham died 11 July 1928 Probate Nottingham 20 December to Rupert Charles Frettingham Charles Henry Frettingham and Leonard George Frettingham hosiery manufacturers. Effects £19091 17s.
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  • Buried in family plot, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery.  CWGC headstone.  Photograph Rachel Farrand (September 2014).
    Arthur Cyril Frettingham - Buried in family plot, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. CWGC headstone. Photograph Rachel Farrand (September 2014).
  • Buried in family plot, Nottingham Church (Rock) cemetery.  Family headstone. Photograph Rachel Farrand (September 2014)
    Arthur Cyril Frettingham - Buried in family plot, Nottingham Church (Rock) cemetery. Family headstone. Photograph Rachel Farrand (September 2014)
  • Buried in family plot, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery.  CWGC and family headstones. Photograph Rachel Farrand (September 2014).
    Arthur Cyril Frettingham - Buried in family plot, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. CWGC and family headstones. Photograph Rachel Farrand (September 2014).