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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of A G Baxter at the Church (Rock) Cemetery Nottingham. 
Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
Person Details
Nottingham
Arthur was born in 1872 (J/A/S Nottingham) the son of George J. and Elizabeth H. Baxter. In 1881, George J Baxter (30), a chimney sweep, and his wife Elizabeth (29) were living at 9 Walker Street, Sneinton, with their three children Arthur (8), John S. (6) and Florence (3). Arthur joined the Somerset Light Infantry on 23 June 1890 at the age of 19 and served for twenty years before being discharged with a pension. He returned to Nottingham on leaving the army and on 3 April 1911 married the widowed Susannah Cox (nee Blockley) at St Mary's church, Nottingham. Susannah Blockley was born in 1879 (J/A/S Nottingham) and married John Henry Cox b. 1876 (A/M/J Nottingham) in 1896 (O/N/D Nottingham). They had three children: Edith Annie born 2nd August 1899, John William born 7th July 1901 and Lillian Winifred born 3rd March 1904. In 1901 John (25) a saddler, and Susannah (21) were living at 28 St Alban's Street, Sneinton, with their first child, Edith (1). John died at the age of 31 in April 1907 (A/M/J Nottingham), buried on 22 April. At the time of the 1911 Census Arthur (38), a chimney sweep on his own account, and Susannah (31) a lace worker working from home, were living at 20 Woolpack Lane, Nottingham, with Susannah's children from her first marriage; Edith Ann Cox (12), John William Cox (10) and Lilian Cox (7). Their only child, George William, was born three years later on 23 June 1914. The family was living at 43 Bluebell Hill Road when Arthur enlisted in 1915. His widow Susannah married William McNichol in 1922 (A/M/J Nottingham). She died in 1938 (Dec Nottingham).
He joined the army in 1890 and served for 20 years. In 1911 he was a chimney sweep.
18 May 1917
44
2750253 - CWGC Website
6348
43 Bluebell Hill Road, Nottingham
Private
Arthur had previously served in the Somerset Light Infantry for 20 years having enlisted on 23 June 1890 in Somerset at the age of 19. He served in India between 1899 and 1908 and in Malta from 1908 until 1909 before his discharge from the army. He enlisted on 29th June 1915 in Nottingham. He gave his age as 44 yrs and 6 months and was a chimney sweep. He served with his old regiment, 3rd Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, and died on 18th May 1917 shortly after being discharged from the army on 26 March 1917 as 'no longer physically fit for war service'. He was buried in Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery (grave Ref: Laburnum 7011) on 24 May 1917. A medical report dated 28 February 1917 preceded his discharge from the army on medical grounds. His disability was assessed as rheumatism and also chronic bronchitis, which he had contracted while serving in Cawnpore, India, and as a result had been placed in Cat. C.2 when he enlisted. He had been subject to rheumatism, initially in his right arm and subsequently in various parts of his body, since the beginning of December 1916 when he was serving at Crownhill Hutments, Plymouth, Devon. This was attributed to 'hauling(?) (-) water all day in Barrack baths.' The medical assessment was that Arthur was 'permanently unfit for military service'
Personal dedication on CWGC headstone: 'Eternal Rest'
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of A G Baxter at the Church (Rock) Cemetery Nottingham. 
Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
    A G Baxter - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of A G Baxter at the Church (Rock) Cemetery Nottingham. Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings