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Early Life :

Born 1884, at Gorleston Suffolk son of George and Martha (nee Waters),. Baptised 9th November, 1884 at Burgh Castle, Suffolk. Arthur had siblings: George (b.1880), Martha M. (b.1886), Agnes Waters (b.1888), William Henry (b.1889), Ann Elizabeth (b.1897) and Kate M. (b. 1900).

Only Kate was born in North Shields, so between 1897 and 1900, the family had moved further up the East Coast to Northumberland where they set up residence at 1 Stephenson Street, Tynemouth. His father, George Jr. and Arthur, now aged 16, were working as Fishermen whilst the rest of the children were still of school age.

Service Life:


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Action : War Survivor 

Although many perished in times of national conflict and in the service of their country, many more survived including those interned as Prisoners of War. Stories of those who did survive are included as part of this site, especially those with high gallantry awards, those included against an external rolls of honour and those who had a distinguished career in wartime and military leaderhip.

Detail :

His record of service is held at the National Archives (BT 377/7/126676. Service Number WSC 31, which proves his service beyond the years of the Great War. For the majority of time after the war he is seen working as a Trawlerman, so it may be assumed that was his role in war time working aboard the "Petin" as its Skipper. His service record show his wartime service with the Royal Navy commencing on 7th August, 1914 and assesses him with "Very Good" Service before demobilisation 18th March, 1919. He is awarded "chevrons" for 1914, 15, 16 & 17.

Does not appear on the commemorative plaque at Wallsend Masonic Hall.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Wallsend No. 2703 E.C.Northumberland

18th September 1913
16th October 1913

The annotation in the contribution record shows that he was "Killed at Sea," in the 1921 column following four years of w.s. [war service] and a contribution for 1920. He was initiated and passed in 1913, with no further advancement, and is recorded in the list as a "Ship Master" and resident at North Shields. Arthur had been found in a trawl of the registers and is not listed on the 1921 or 1933 Rolls of Honour.

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