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Nottingham
Arthur Widdowson was born in 1879 at Nottingham and worked as a lace designer. His wife Edith Widdowson was born in 1880 in Nottingham. They had four children; Horace, born in 1899 in Nottingham, Albert, born in 1902 in Carlton, Edith, born in 1904 in Nottingham and Edna, born in 1906 in Lamely. The family lived at Daisy Road, carlton before moving to Harlaxton Street, Nottingham.
He was a lace draughtsman.
15 Aug 1915
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471490 - CWGC Website
12950
Private
Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
He volunteered for service; joining the 12th Battalion, Royal Scots, and following training the battalion moved to Northern France. They took up positions in preparation for the Battle of Loos and their roll was to carry the fortifications from Haisnes to Hulluch. They spent the previous weeks preparing the ground for the attack, digging trenches, improving communications and carrying ammunition to nearby dumps. It was during this work that Pte. Widdowson was wounded. He was sent down the line to hospital in Calais, but died there on 15/08/1915. He was buried at Calais Southern Cemetery (B. 1. 16.) A tribute from a platoon chum was published in the 'Evening Post' on August 30, 1915. "He was greatly liked by all and we shall greatly miss his personality from my section. He was one of those indispensable men who help the weariness of warfare to be felt less through their jokes, repartee, songs,etc. He could play almost any instrument. He could make jokes on the march after we had covered twenty miles. He was always willing and through his civil as well as his military career he was an engaging character. And as so many in the Lace Market know, he was in the first flight of designers."
Research by Peter Foster.
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