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  • Photo published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 21st November 1914, courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
Sneinton Nottingham
He was born about 1885, the son of Arthur Duke and Eliza Jane Duke (nee Betts). Seven children were named on the census between 1881 and 1901; Florence, John, Arthur, Albert, Gertrude, Edward and Alice. In 1881 Arthur, a labourer, and his wife, Eliza, were living at 4 Lion Terrace, Nottingham, with their daughter, Florence (2). A nephew, John Dodson (12) was also with them on the night of the census. Ten years later in 1891 they were living at 54 Cowley Street, Nottingham, with their five children, Florence, John (8), Arthur (6), Albert (3) and Gertrude (1). Arthur and Eliza later had two more children; Edward (b. 1892, J/F/M) and Alice (b. 1893, O/N/D). Arthur died in 1898 aged 40 and by 1901 his eldest son, John, had responsibility for at least four of his siblings. John, a hosiery-scourer, Florence, a lace mender, Arthur, a hosiery trimmer, and Edward (b.1892) and Alice (b. 1893) who were school age, were living at 52 Cowley Street; John was the designated head of household. Florence married Thomas Henry Lovett in 1903 (A/M/J) and in 1911 they were living at Edward Villas, Standhill Road, Sneinton, with their two sons, Thomas Henry (6) and Arthur (1) and Florence's younger siblings, Edward (19) and Alice (17). John Duke married Ethel Cartwright and in 1911, by which time they had been married for 2 years, they were living at 62 Eland Street, New Basford, with their daughter, Gladys (2). Another brother, Albert, a hosiery finisher and packer, was recorded in the same census as a boarder at 26 Bailey Street, Old Basford, in the home of John and Charlotte Orridge. The third sister, Gertrude, has not yet been traced on the 1911 census. The same year, 1911, Arthur was serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers in the census registration district of Pontefract, Yorkshire. The notice of his death in 1914 gave his address as Standhill Road, so it is likely that he had made his home with his married sister, Florence, although he joined the army around the time that his sister married Thomas Lovett.
He was a hosiery trimmer in 1901. He joined the army on 27 June 1903.
15 Nov 1914
29
1610741 - CWGC Website
9494
He enlisted in Nottingham
Sergeant
1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
He enlisted on 27 June 1903 and served in France from 31 August 1914. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel Reference: 8 & 12. He qualified for the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 26 December 1914: ‘Duke. Sergeant Arthur Duke, Northumberland Fusiliers, Standhill Road. Killed in France 15th November.’ Register of Soldiers' Effects: He made a will in favour of his sister and sole legatee, Mrs Florence Lovett. He was born O/N/D/1884 so may have been 30 when killed.
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  • Photo published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 21st November 1914, courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Arthur Duke - Photo published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 21st November 1914, courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918