Arthur William Medhurst


Arthur William Medhurst


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

King's Royal Rifle Corps
7th Battery


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


Panel 51 and 53.

UK Memorials

All Saints Church, Datchworth
Roll of Honour, All Saints Church, Datchworth
Not on the Tewin Memorial

Pre War

Arthur William Medhurst was born in 1881 in Islington to Arthur William Medhurst and Laura Medhurst, and baptised at St Silas, Penton Street, Pentonville on 24 July 1881. His father's occupation is given as greengrocer and the family were living at 74 Chapel Street.

The 1881 Census shows the family living at 74 Chapel Street in the parish of St Silas, Pentonville and shows his mother as being born in Datchworth. Although Arthur was not born at the time of the census, his sister Louisa was 2 years old. His father died in 1887 aged 33, followed by his mother the following year aged 32, so on the 1891 Census Arthur and his brother Harry were living with their uncle Henry Wray in Datchworth.His sister Kate was living in Waterford, Herts with cousins, and another brother Thomas Alfred was living with his great grandmother in Govers Green, Datchworth. In 1898 he joined the army, aged 18 , and enlisted at Barnet into the Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

He served in South Africa from 28.10.1899 to 26.7.1900 and fought in the Boer War. He also served in India and Ceylon. On 30 10.1905 he was transferred to the Army Reserve and was discharged in 1910. On the 1911 Census he was living with a cousin at New Southgate,Friern Barnet, London and working as a greengrocer. He married Beatrice Reade on 6 September 1914 at St Anne's, Islington, when his occupation was given as 'Sergt Imp Ser Corps', His widow remarried in 1920 to Walter Maxim (Matim on some records) and lived at 7 School Green, Stoke by Clare, Suffolk.

Received the South Africa Medal.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Barnet in 1898. Served in South Africa, Ceylon and India up to 1910 when he was discharged and transferred to Army Reserve. Applied to rejoin in January and March 1914 but was told he was not eligible. Died of wounds.

Although official discharged from the army in 1910 he tried to re-enlist twice in January and March 1914 but was told he was not eligible. However on the outbreak of war he must have been successful as he arrived in France on 19 May 1915 but only survived six weeks.

He was wounded at the Battle of La Hooge and died of his wounds. (This was the first time the Germans used flame throwers and it is possible that he died from burns) .

Additional Information

War gratuity of £6 granted to widow Beatrice. Hertfordshire Mercury death notice of September 1915 stated he was from Tewin


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