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17 Nov 1894
Arthur William was born on 17th November 1894 and was the son of Edward a farmer and Alice Oakden nee Smith . His father Edward was born in 1856 in Nottingham his mother Alice Fairbank was born in 1863 in Cottam, Nottinghamshire, they were married in 1891 in Nottingham, they went on to have four children all born in Nottingham , Mary b1893, Edward Ralph b1894, Arthur William b1894 and George b1897. By 1911 his parents had separated , in the census of that year Edward is shown living at Trent Vale Farm Beeston he is head of the family 55 yrs and a farmer (in pencil on this census entry is written the word 'separated' ) he is living with his four children, Mary 18 years Edward R 17 yrs, William 16 yrs and George 14 yrs all the children are shown as scholars, also at the address is a general servant Carrie Sheffield. On the same census his mother Alice Oakden is shown living at 188 Loughborough Road, Leicester, she is 48 yrs and a tobbaconist and newsagent , she is living with a general servant Isobel Hutton 23 yrs. His brother, Captain Edward Ralph Oakden, 10th Bn Sherwood Foresters, died as a result of wounds on 22 March 1917 and is buried in Nottingham Church Cemetery. Arthurs probate was proven in Nottingham on 28th January 1919 , and shows him as Arthur William Oakden of 9 Vickers Street, Nottingham , Lieutenant H M Army died 29th June 1918 in France, his effects of £7293 4 shillings and 11 pence were left to Ralph Oakden, gentleman and William Oakden bank manager.
Educated at the Nottingham High School , was admitted on 24th April 1901 aged 13 yrs.
29 Jun 1918
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124th Bde HQ Royal Field Artillery
'A' Bty and attached to Fifth Army School. The London Gazette records Arthur Oakden as being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery on 17th November 1914 from the position of officer cadet at Sandhurst. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension (grave ref IV.C.10).
The following history of Lieutenant Arthur Oakden is taken from De Ruvignys Roll of Honour 1914-1918. Arthur William Oakden, Lt Royal Field Artillery, second son of the late Edward Oakden of Beeston, Nottingham, farmer by his wife Alice daughter of George Fairbanks. born Nottingham 17th November 1894, educated Nottingham High School and the Royal Military Academy Woolwich. He was gazetted second lieutenant R.F.A in November 1914 and promoted to Lieutenant early in 1916. He served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from January 1915, being stationed with 68 Battery R.F.A 4th Division. He took part in much of the hard fighting at that time. Became attached to the 8th Squadron Royal Flying Corps the following October and to the Y 37 trench mortar battery early in 1916 with whom he remained until he was wounded in November of that year. On his recovery he was stationed at Canterbury but returned to France in January 1918. Took part in severe fighting that Spring and died at Abbeville 29th June following , after a short attack of influenza due to exhaustion consequent upon his continuous service. Buried in Communal Cemetery Abbeville. He was one of three brothers serving, the eldest of whom Capt E R Oakden 10th Sherwood Foresters died of wounds March 1917. Following is an article published on 17th July 1918 in the Nottingham Journal and Express :- “DEATH OF BEESTON OFFICER. “Lieutenant Arthur William Oakden, R.F.A., second son of the late Mr. Edward Oakden, Trent Vale, Beeston, has died, after a short illness in France. He was educated at the Nottingham High School, at the entrance examination in for Woolwich and Sandhurst he was placed fifteenth for Woolwich and second for Sandhurst, missing a higher place for Woolwich in the first place for Sandhurst through accident that deprived him of 200 marks. In October, 1914, he obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery, and went France in 1915. “His elder brother, Captain Edward R. Oakden, Sherwood Foresters, died of wounds in March, 1917; his youngest and only surviving brother. Lieutenant G. F. Oakden, who is in a Yorkshire Regiment, has been at the front for nearly two years, and was wounded last summer. His only sister, Miss M. Oakden, is a V.A.D. nurse at the Northern Hospital, Lincoln.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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