Arthur William Waldock (see Titmuss)

Name

Arthur William Waldock (see Titmuss)

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

21/10/1914
26

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
9374
Essex Regiment
2nd Bn.

Awards

1914 (Mons) Star (with Clasp & Roses), British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

STRAND MILITARY CEMETERY
Ploegsteert Wood, New Cemetery, Belgium.
Belgium

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

St Faith’s Church, Walsworth Hitchin
Hitchin Town Memorial (possibly)
Not on the Great Wymondley memorials
Not on the Stevenage memorials
Not on the Walsworth memorials

Pre War

Arthur was born in 1888, in Great Wymondley. The son of Eliza Ann Waldock. He was Baptised on the 14th October 1888, in Great Wymondley. His mother, Eliza, married William Titmus of Great Wymondley on the 1st October 1889 in the Parish Church of Great Wymondley. The 1891 census records Arthur ‘Waldock’ aged 2, living with his parents, sister Elsie Titmus 1, and brother, William Titmus aged 1 month, at Wymondley Priory, Little Wymondley. The 1901 census records Arthur was now known as Arthur William ‘Titmus’, living with his parents, sister, Elsie 11, and brother Walter 4, at 87 Chingford Road, Walthamstow, Essex. On the 18th February 1907, Arthur enlisted into the Essex Regiment. Then the 1911 census records Arthur aged 22, as a Private in the Army (1st Battalion, Essex Regiment), stationed in Quetta Baluchistan, India. His occupation is given as Acting Bandsman.

Wartime Service

It is assumed Arthur was still serving in the Army when War was declared, as his Medal Card indicates he entered the Theatre of War on the 22nd August 1914. Arthur was Killed in Action just two months later on the 21st October 1914, at Le Gheer, he was buried at the time in Ploegsteert Wood, New Cemetery, with eleven comrades all killed on the 21st October 1914. Their graves were destroyed in later Battles. There is now a special memorial to the eleven in Strand Military Cemetery. With the inscription “THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT”.

Additional Information

His personal inscription on the headstone reads: “Son of Eliza A. Titmus, of Walsworth, Hitchin”.

Acknowledgments

Stuart Osborne