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  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 18 June 1915.
Person Details
Wilford Nottingham
John Arthur, known as 'Arthur', was the husband of Alice née Clarke. His wife was born in Greasley, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Clarke. In 1891 her family was living in Greasley: William (41), a coal miner hewer, Elizabeth (37), Alice (12 b. Greasley) and William (8). Alice's father was still living in Greasley in 1901 but although described as married on the census return only he and his son William (18), an apprentice, were in the home on the night of the census. Neither John Arthur nor Alice have yet been traced on the 1901 Census, but they were married in 1909 (A/M/J Nottingham) and were recorded on the 1911 Census living at 38 Coppice Road, Mapperley, Nottingham. In the household on the night of the census were: John (35), a domestic gardener, Alice (32), Allan (sic) Clarke (12) who was described as their son, and William Clarke (61) Alice's widowed father. Their son's name was given as 'Allan' both on the census and in the notice commemorating John's death which was published in the local paper in 1916. However, the only likely record of his birth is that for an Allen (sic) Clarke whose birth was registered in 1898 (O/N/D Basford) and if correct means his first name took the spelling of his father's surname.
In 1911 he was a domestic gardener
09 May 1915
823347 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Nottingham
1st Bn Northamptonshire Regiment
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 4 & 7 June 1915: ‘Allen. On May 9th, killed in action, Lance-Corporal (sic) Arthur Allen, the dearly-beloved husband of Alice Allen, 38 Coppice-road, Mapperley. He gave his life that we might live. He did his duty and died a hero.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, 'In Memoriam'ln 9 May 1916: “ALLEN. – To the dear and cherished memory of my brave husband, Lance-Corporal (sic) Arthur Allen, Northamptons, who nobly did his duty and gave his life, a sacrifice to his country, May 9th, 1915. One year of silent sorrow. It's grief too deep for words. – His loving wife and son, Allan.” Above item and the photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 18 June 1915 are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his widow, Alice, was his sole legatee. WW1 Pension Ledgers: Widow, Alice Allen
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  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 18 June 1915.
    John Arthur Allen - Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 18 June 1915.