Arthur Blackaby


Arthur Blackaby


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Second Lieutenant
Cheshire Regiment
2nd Bn.


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Panel 19 - 22.

UK Memorials

Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross
St Thomas' Mission Hall, Green Tye
St Thomas' Church Memorial, Perry Green
Not on the Hoddesdon memorials

Pre War

Born on 5 Jul 1877 in Sawbridgeworth and christened on 12 Aug 1877 in High Wych son of Charles and Mary (Fish) Blackaby and was living in Buckler’s Cottages, Perry Breen in 1891. He married Edith Brace in 1906 in Bedford and they lived at 22 Briscoe Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. By 1911 he had already joined the army and was Sergeant then Colour Serjeant in 2nd Bedfordshires and then 5172, C.Q.M.S. 2nd Bedford Regiment

Wartime Service

Formerly 5172, C.Q.M.S. 2nd Bedford Regiment. He went to the front on 6th October 1914, on board the S.S. Winifredian and was later commissioned in the Cheshire Regiment, but did not survive to take up his post as he was killed in action near Ypres. 2nd Bedfordshire War Diary Extract 17th May 1915: 2.30am, orders received to withdraw Battalion to reserve trenches. Movement completed by 3.45am. 1.30pm Battalion received orders to be ready at short notice. (Map ref: Illies-Violaine - Festubert). 3pm, moved Battalion to rear of old German Fire trench, in order to make attack in conjunction with 4 Cameron Highs. 2nd Bedf. R were detailed as the two leading Coys. About 7.30pm "B" and "C" Coys advanced to the attack, on the right of the 4th Cameron's, with 2 sections of bomb throwers. On vacating the trenches to the assault were met by heavy shrapnel, machine gun and rifle fire. Acting Coy S.M. was killed as he climbed over the parapet. On 22 May official information was received that this N.C.O. had been granted a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Cheshire Regiment. (This was Arthur)


Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)