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  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 24 March 1915.
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28 Mar 1880
Arnold was the son of Henry Wharton and Emma Wharton nee Dawkins. Henry was born in Sneinton, Nottingham (abt. 1855), and Emma in Loughborough, Leicestershire (abt. 1856). They were married in 1873 (marriage registered A/M/J Radford) and had 11 children of whom only six were still living in 1911. Six children were named on the census between 1881 and 1911: Arnold (b. 28 March 1880), Emma (birth registered 1882 J/F/M) Bernice (birth reigstered 1885 J/F/M), Henry (birth registered 1887 J/F/M), Philip Hind (1889 O//D) and Sylvia Phyllis (b. 14 June 1895, registered 1895 J/A/S). All the children were born in Nottingham and their births registered in Nottingham. In 1881 Henry (27), an iron plater, and Emma (27) were living in St Ann's with their son Arnold (1 month). By 1891 they were living at 171 Carlton Road, Sneinton, and had five children; Arnold (10), Emma (9), Bernice (6), Henry (4) and Philip (1). Sylvia was born four years later in 1895. Henry and Emma were living at 92 Queen's Walk, Meadows, by 1901 and their six surviving children were all at home on the night of the census; Arnold (20) an engineer fitter, Emma (18) and Bernice (16) who were both in work (occupations illegible on the census return), Henry (14) an errand boy, and Philip (11) and Sylvia (5) who were both at school. Arnold joined the Royal Navy on 5 March 1902 and married Alice Spencer in 1905 (marriage registered A/M/J Radford). His sister Emma married Ernest Arthur Spinks also in 1905 (marriage registered A/M/J Nottingham). By 1911 Henry and Emma and three of their children were living in Luton, Bedfordshire, where Henry (56) was a metal planer and miller for a car builder. His son Henry (23) who was a metal planer and slotter was also working for a car builder. Bernice (25) was a dressmaker machinist and her sister Sylvia (15) was a blouse machinist. It is possible that Henry moved to Luton for work in the car industry. The same year their daughter Emma was living at 14 Kirkewhite Place, Kirkewhite Street, Meadows, Nottingham, with her hushand Arthur Spinks (29) a machine engine fitter, and their son Arnold (6). Emma's brother, Philip (21), was also in the household. Arnold (30) was serving in HMS Grafton based at Portsmouth and was onboard the ship on the night of the 1911 Census. It is likely that his wife was the Alice Wharton (29, b. Danesmoor Derbyshire) registered on the 1911 Census at Monmouth Road, North End, Portsmouth, Hampshire; she was described as married (7 years) but head of household. She had two daughters, Bertha Phyllis (4, b. 4 August 1906) and Winifred Alice (1 b. 4 December 1909). Both children were born in Portsmouth. The reports of Arnold's death in the Nottingham Evening Post in 1915 gave his address as Newthorpe Street, Nottingham, but when Probate was awarded to Arnold's widow the same year his address was given as 7 Cardiff Road, North End, Portsmouth. Arnold's widow never remarried and died aged 80 on 12 November 1961. She was then living at 27 Crofton Road, North End, Portsmouth. His brother Philip Hind married Ada Stevenson in Nottingham in 1919 (marriage registered O/N/D Nottingham) although between 1918 and 1922 he appears on the Luton electoral roll living at 78 Hampton Road, Luton, with Emma Wharton and also an Arnold Henry Wharton who appears on the electoral roll at that address from 1914/15 to 1918. Arnold's father, Henry, probably died in 1927 at the age of 73 (death registered September Leicester, b. abt 1854) and his mother, Emma, at the age of 79 in 1933 (death registered December Leicester, b. abt 1854). Three of their children - Bernice, Philip and Sylvia - also moved from Luton to live in Leicester. Henry appeared to continue to live in Luton until his death and Emma, who was married with at least one child, continued to live in Nottingham after her family moved away. Of Arnold's children: Alice Winifred died unmarried on 17 November 1992 at the age of 82; her address was given on the Probate record as 27 Crofton Road, North End, Portsmouth. Her older sister Bertha Phyllis was also unmarried and died aged 90 in 1997 (death registered April South-East Hampshire). Of Arnold's siblings: Emma Spinks died at the age of 83 in 1963 (death registered Dec. Nottingham). Bernice may have died unmarried in 1952 as there is a record of the death of a Bernice Wharton aged 67 in that year (registered June Leicester). There is a record of the death of a Henry Wharton at the age of 81 in 1968 (death registered September Luton, b. abt 1887). Philip Hind moved to Leicester at some point as his wife Ada's death was registered in Leicester in 1951 (died 26 March 1951); their home was at 48 Eastleigh Road, Leicester. Probate was awarded to Philip in June 1951 (His occupation was given as leather belt maker). Philip married Mary Ellen Baker in 1951 (marriage registered J/A/S Leicester) but continued to live at 48 Eastleigh Road. He died on 17 November 1956 at Hillcrest, 2 Swain Street, Leicester, although his home address was still at Eastleigh Road. His wife Mary Ellen survived him. Sylvia Phyllis married Ernest W Astill in 1918 (marriage registered A/M/J Luton). She then married Bernard A Denniss in 1965 (marriage registered J/A/S Leicester) and died aged 91 in 1986 (death registered June Rutland).
In 1901 he was an engine fitter and was still following this occupation when he joined the Royal Navy the following year as an artificer. He was promoted artificer engineer in 1910.
18 Mar 1915
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Royal Navy
Rank: Artificer Engineer. HMS Irresistible (Formidable Class battleship, built 1902. Complement 780, Captain DL Dent RN). Arnold joined the Royal Navy as a rating on 5 March 1901 on a 12 year engagement. His first ship was Duke of Wellington ll and his last ship before being promoted to artificer engineering officer in 1910 was HMS Hindustan (9 December 1909-30 September 1910). He served in HMS Irresistible during the Gallipoli Campaign. On 18 March 1915 at 4.15pm the battleship was engaged in the bombardment of the forts in the Dardanelles when she was struck by a Turkish shell which caused the ship to list and drift out of control. Irresistible then struck a mine which exploded under the bilge of the starboard engine room flooding it and drowning nearly all the men in the compartment. HMS Wear and HMS Ocean came to Irresistible's assistance and HMS Wear was able to recue nearly 600 of the ship's company. HMS Ocean attempted a tow but heavy enemy fire prevented this and Irresistible was abandoned at 5.50pm. She was eventually sunk by Turkish gunfire at 7.30pm when she drifted back into range of the forts. Arnold's body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Nottingham Evening Post notice 22 March 1915, photograph with caption: 'Warrant Officer Arnold Wharton of Newthorpe Street, [Meadows] Nottingham, killed in HMS Irresistible in the Dardanelles' (www.britishnewspapersarchive.co.uk) Photograph of Arnold Wharton published 24th March 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages 'Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.' Probate: Wharton Arnold of 7 Cardiff-road North End Portsmouth artificer engineer RN died 18 March 1915 at sea on board HMS Irresistible Administration (with Will) Winchester 19 June to Alice Wharton widow. Effects £150. Probate: Wharton Alice of 27 Crofton Road North End Portsmouth widow died 12 November 1961 at St Mary’s Hospital Portsmouth Administration London 2 February to Bertha Phyllis Wharton and Alice Winifred Wharton spinsters. Effects £2628 4s. 9d.
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  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 24 March 1915.
    Arnold Wharton - Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 24 March 1915.