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  • Photograph was published on 28th May 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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Rochester,Kent
Cecil Arthur Hockaday was born in Rochester in 1891 and was the son of Thomas Arthur a watchmaker 40 Portland Road, Nottingham. His father Thomas Arthur was born in 1855 at Clatton Somerset and his mother Alice Mary Moody was born in 1851 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, they were married in 1881 in Maidstone and went on to have 6 children three of whom died in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were Susie Alice b1882, Charles William b1885, Dorothy b1889 and Cecil b1891 all were born in Rochester. His parents seem to have separated because in 1915 Thomas marries for a second time, he marries Florence Helen Wood in the Bristol Registration District . By the 1911 census his father Thomas is living at 47 Furzehill Road, Plymoth he is shown as being 56 yrs a watchmaker and is living with his second wife Florence Helen 38 yrs and their son Maurice Trevor 8 yrs, they state they have been married for 12 yrs and have had 2 children, 1 sadly dying in infancy His mother in the same census is living at 24 Thorneywood Rise Nottingham she is shown as being 60 yrs , married living on private means, she is living with her daughter Susie Alice 28 yrs born Rochester a blouse maker. In the 1911 census Cecil Arthur is living at 31 Drury Hill, Nottingham, he is living alone and is shown as Cecil Hockaday 20 yrs a live stock dealer. His father died on 7th April 1917 in Plymouth aged 62 yrs.
in the 1911 census he is a live stock dealer.
26 Apr 1915
23
573409 - CWGC Website
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Corporal
Royal Field Artillery
Corporal Cecil Arthur Hockaday, enlisted at Nottingham and served with the 24th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, he was killed in action on 26th April 1915. He and four comrades were killed by the explosion of a German shell that had failed to detonate initially on impact. He was buried in Chapelle-D'Armentieres Old Military Cemetery (grave ref A.24)
He is buried in Chapelle-D'Armentieres Old Military Cemetery along with the men who died in the same incident who were :- Staff Sergeant of the Army Ordnance Corps, attached 24th Brigade Royal Field Artillery; Bombardier F. J.Keard, 110th Battery, 24th Brigade Royal Field Artillery; Gunner A. Mann, 24th Brigade H.Q., Royal Field Artillery; and Rifleman S. C. Shalders, 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade. Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged) 8 May 1915: HOCKADAY, accidentally killed, Corporal Cecil Hockaday, son of Mrs Hockady, 40 Portland Road, Nottingham, age 23 years
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  • Photograph was published on 28th May 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Cecil Arthur Hockaday - Photograph was published on 28th May 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918