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Arthur was born about 1887, the youngest child of Ambrose Madden and his wife Ann (nee Collyer) who had married in Nottingham in 1867. In 1891 they were living at 46 Massey Street, Nottingham, and had six children; Ann/Annie (21), Ambrose (16), Henry/Harry (12), Herbert (9), Florence (7) and Arthur (4). By 1901 probably only Arthur, Herbert and Florence were still living with their parents who were now at 27 Patterson Road, Hyson Green. Also in the household at the time of the census was Mary Bradshaw (6), who was the daughter of their married sister, Anne. Ambrose Madden senior died the following year aged 61 and his wife six years later in 1908 age 65. Arthur moved from Nottingham, probably after the death of both parents, as in 1911 was living with his married brother, Herbert, who lived at 121 Hobmoor Road, Small Heath, Birmingham. Arthur was a tram car cleaner, probably working for the same employer as his brother who was an overhead tram linesman. Arthur married Ethel May nee Bennett on 23 January 1912 in St Andrew's Church, Aston, Birmingham; they were living at 2 Eversley Road, Small Heath, Birmingham. They had three children, Ivy (b. 13 April 1912), Florence Elise (b. 23 July 1913) and Arthur Harry (b. 25 December 1914). Arthur's army service record gives his widow's address in June 1918 as 112 Whitehall Road, Small Heath, Birmingham. The army record also has a statement of Arthur's surviving relatives which was completed in October 1920; Ethel and her three children were living at 5 Ladywood Cottages, Ironbridge, Salop. His brothers, Ambrose (49) and Harry (Henry) (44) were both at 63 Laurie Avenue, Forest Fields, Nottingham, while Herbert (40) was at 12 Foxton Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham. Both his sisters had married; Annie Bradshaw (51) was living off Blue Bell Hill Road, Nottingham, and Florence Nattrass (37) was living at 20 Osborne Street, Sherwood, Nottingham.
In 1901 he was a milk setter but in 1911, when he was living in Birmingham, he was a tram car cleaner. His occupation when he enlisted was shedman, possibly a job that was still with the tram car company.
22 Mar 1918
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He enlisted in Birmingham
Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own)
He served in the 23rd Bn, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment. A few pages of his service record survive. He attested on 15 October 1915, from which date his service is reckoned, and he was posted on 19 October 1915. He was certainly in France in 1917 and was awarded a short period of leave in the October of that year. He appears to have had periods in hospital dating from 29 January 1918 for treatment for a problem with his right knee. His last discharge date from hospital was March 1918 about a week before he was killed in action. He is buried in Queen's Cemetery Bucquoy (Grave Reference: IV.C.11/16). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal, which were sent to his widow in 1920.
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 3 May 1918, ‘Madden. Killed in action March 22nd, Private Arthur Madden (Otto), Middlesex Regiment, late Patterson Road. Brothers, sisters, Ambrose, Henry (at sea), Herbert, Annie, Florrie and wife and three children'. His few possessions, letters and photographs, were returned to his widow a few months after his death. Ethel, who had previously received a separation allowance, was awarded a pension of 29/7d a week for herself and three children with effect from 21 October 1918. Research by Rachel Farrand
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