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Person Details
09 Dec 1891
Mansfield Nottinghamshire
Arthur John Samuel was the son of Samuel and Ethel Mary Godber (née Butler). His father Samuel was born in Cummeringham, Lincolnshire, in 1864, the son of John Thomas and Fanny Bullivant, and baptised at the parish church on 1 January 1865. His father was a farmer in Cummeringham and in 1871 employed 13 labourers and two boys. John and Fanny had four children in 1871 and employed two domestic servants and a governess, Alissimon Archer (23). Samuel's mother died in July 1881 and his father married Alissimon Archer in 1884. Samuel qualified as a medical practitioner and had a practice in Mansfield before moving to Sussex. His mother Ethel Mary Godber was born in Nottingham on 1 October 1872, the daughter of Arthur Joynes Butler and his wife Mary Elizabeth (née Davenport). Ethel was baptised at Nottingham St Andrew on 10 November 1872; the family was then living on Villa Road, Nottingham. Ethel's father was a successful businessman, becoming managing director of Messrs M Jacoby & Co. amd Messrs S Burton & Co Ltd, a JP and city councillor as well as a Freeman of the City of London and Consul for Costa Rica and for Venezuala in Nottingham. (Died May 1921, residence Mapperley House, Private Road, Nottingham). Samuel and Ethel were married at Mansfield St John the Evangelist on 4 February 1891 when she was 18 years old and he 26. They had five children: Arthur Samuel John b. Mansfield 9 December 1891 bap. St John the Evangelist 4 February 1892; Beatrice Mary b. Mansfield 22 September 1894 bap. St John 20 December 1894; Alfred James b. Mansfield 29 April 1897 bap. St John 10 July 1897; Beryl b. Nottingham 2 October 1899 bap. Mapperley St Jude 19 November 1899 and Marjorie May b. Cuckfield Sussex 11 May 1901. Both sons died in the war. Shortly after their marriage, Samuel, a medical practitioner, and Ethel were living on Clarkson Street, Mansfield; they employed two domestic servants. They later lived in Westgate but had moved to Annesley Grove, Nottingham, by 1899 when their second daughter Beryl was born. Ethel's father assisted Samuel to buy a partnership at Burgess Hill, Cuckfield, Sussex, and in 1901 Samuel, described as a physician and surgeon, was living on Church Road, Burgess Hill, with his wife and their four children: Arthur (9), Beatrice (6), Alfred (3) and Beryl (1). They employed two domestic servants. Their fifth child Marjorie was born later that year. Ethel divorced Samuel in 1905, the petition citing 'misconduct' [adultery] and cruelty, which her husband contested with a counter-charge of his wife's misconduct. The court case was reported in detail in the Mid-Sussex Times of March and April 1905. The judge granted Ethel a 'judicial separation and custody of the children.' Samuel Bullivant died on 18 September 1907; he was still a medical practitioner at Burgess Hill. Ethel married Ernest Henry Ford in 1908 (A/M/J Nottingham) and they adopted the surname Godber-Ford. They probably had four children: Geoffrey Ernest Henry John Godber (Godber-Ford) b. 1910 (A/M/J Long Ashton, Somerset), Muriel Ethel Mary b. 27 September 1912; Ruth Ethel Mary (Godber-Ford) b. 7 November 1914 (reg. Long Ashton) bap. Chelvey 13 December 1914, and Mary E b. 1915. In 1911 Ernest (47 b. Malvern Worcs), a private tutor (own account), and Ethel (38) were living in Walton in Gorana, Somerset, with three of Ethel's five children Alfred, a student, Beryl and Marjorie, and their son Geoffrey. They employed a general domestic servant and nurse/housemaid. Arthur, a school master's assistant, was living in Sheffield in the home of Alban Lawrence Griffiths (45), a school master (private), and his sister Ellen Griffiths. However, the following year Arthur enlisted in the Life Guards (see 'Military history'). Beatrice was living with her maternal grandparents, Arthur and Mary Butler, at Mapperley House, Nottingham. Ethel's husband Ernest died in 1938 (reg. A/M/J Cuckfield Sussex). In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled, she was living in Taunton, Somerset, with her daughters Marjorie M Murray (m. Thomas B Murray 1921), Muriel EMGW Morgan (m. Douglas V Morgan 1939) and Ruth EM Godber-Ford (m. John R Jones 1949). Ethel married David D Evans in 1941 and died in 1961. Of Ethel's other three daughters: Beatrice married Vaughan N Radford in 1920 (reg. Nottingham, and may have had four children, Patrick Vaughan (1920), John D (1923), Roger (1929) and Mary D (1937). In 1939 she and her husband (b. 1895), a governing director of a furniture factory, and daughter Mary were living at West View House, Basford. Beatrice died 1978. It seems likely that Beryl, a children's nurse, was a patient at Knowle Mental Hospital, Fareham, Hampshire, in 1939 and died on 26 May 1974 (Probate record: address Knowle Hospital). Mary E Godber-Ford died in 1964 (reg. Ludlow Salop).
1911 - school master's assistant
31 Oct 1914
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2nd Bn Life Guards
2nd Bn Life Guards Arthur Bullivant was living in Sheffield and working as a school master's assistant in 1911 but on 26 August 1912 he enlisted in the Life Guards (2856 Trooper). The medical examination was held in Nottingham. Arthur's father had died in 1907 and he named his mother, Ethel Mary Godber (sic), and brother Alfred, both of West Town, Somerset, as his next of kin. Arthur was based at Regent's Park, London, but was discharged from the army at his own request on payment of £18 on 5 January 1914. He was mobilized on 4 August 1918 (2961 Corporal). One squadron was attached to the Household Cavalry Composite Regiment on 1 Sepember 1914 and attached to the 7th Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division at Ludgershall. The squadron landed at Zeebrugge on 7 October 1914 and Alfred was killed in action just over three weeks later on 31 October. However, a newspaper report of his brother Alfred's death in 1916 mentions that his older brother [Arthur] 'has been missing since October 1914.' Arthur has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 3). He qualified for the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Household Cavalry Monument: 'The 7th Cavalry Brigade (Household Cavalry), consisting of the 1st & 2nd Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards, relieved the 6th Cavalry Brigade at Zandvoorde on October 27th 1914, holding it until October 30th when intense German pressure finally forced them to retreat from the ridge.  Their trenches were completely destroyed by artillery fire and they suffered heavy casualties before and during their retirement.  The memorial, unveiled on May 4th 1924 by Lord Haig, commemorates 120 men of the 1st Life Guards, 114 men of the 2nd Life Guards, and 62 men of the Horse Guards, the majority of whom were killed defending the ridge at Zandvoorde.' www.thebignote.com/2012/01/15/zandvoorde-the-household-cavalry-monument/
Arthur's younger brother, Alfred James Bullivant, served in the 17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Private, 2nd Lieut) and died of wounds on 21 July 1916 aged 19 (Bethune Town Cemetery, France). See record on this Roll of Honour. Both boys were born in Mansfield and lived in Nottingham, where their mother was born and her parents lived, for a very short time. The brothers' connection with St John Carrington will be through their maternal grandparents. Nottingham Evening Post, 7 July 1916: ‘Lieut. AJ Bullivant. Information has reached Mr AJ Butler, of Mapperley House, Sherwood, that his grandson, Second-Lieut. AJ Bullivant, Sherwood Foresters, has been seriously wounded. He is 19 years of age, and enlisted as a private, gaining his commission in January last. This is the second occasion upon which he has been wounded, as he sustained an injury at Hooge. His elder brother, AJS Bulilvant, of the Life Guards, has been missing since October, 1914.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: Bullivent. Samuel of 1 Dudley-terrace Burgess Hill Sussex MD died 18 September 1907 Administration (with Will) Lewes 15 November to Alissimon Bullivant [stepmother] widow Effects £800
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  • Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.uk)
    Arthur John Samuel Bullivant - Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.uk)
  • Photograph courtesy of thebignote.com/2012/01/15/zandvoorde-the-household-cavalry-monument)
    Household Cavalry Monument, Zandvoorde - Photograph courtesy of thebignote.com/2012/01/15/zandvoorde-the-household-cavalry-monument)