Private 25929 - King's Own D Company
Royal Lancaster Regiment 9th Battalion
Enlisted: Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts
Died of Wounds Salonika 18th Apr 1918 : Aged 23
Karasouli Military Cemetary - A 103
Private 25929 Arthur Gascoigne was born Q4 1894 in Huthwaite fully named Samuel Harold Vincent Arthur Gascoigne. Parents tied both Hucknall Huthwaite native families by 1875 Q2 registered marriage between Pit Engine Driver Mr John Gascoigne and Miss Eliza Allsop. Swapping Factory Yard for a newly built New Hucknall Colliery house for 1891 census, fuller Newcastle Street 1901 household is last headed by John 47. Mrs Eliza Gascoigne 45 had mothered a then married Amos 27, and Martha Hannah 25, left still housing Stephen 23, Rowena 19, Hypatia 16, John 14, William Edward 12, Thomas Bernal 8 and Arthur SHV 6.
Mr Arthur SHV Gascoigne became a Shop Assistant at the Huthwaite Co-operative branch store that cornered Sherwood Street. Fathers death registered early 1907 aged 52, came after seeing his other daughters marriages. Rowena wed Mr Frank Wilkes from Skegby Q2 1902. Hypatia wed Mr John E Bilsdon from Preston Q3 1905, but was left a widowed mother late 1909, who'd returned to her mothers home, thereafter addressing a widowed Eliza 24 Barker Street also kept company by pit worker sons.
Pte Arthur Gascoigne dutifully enlisted at Sutton 23rd February 1916, aged 23 years and 132 days. Transferal into 21st North Staffs and mobilised 15th April as a qualified Machine Gunner only starts several battalion transferals and repostings. Military service records date last posting 25th November 1916 to the ultimately recognised 9th Royal Lancaster Regiment, and their D Company placed at the Balkan Theatre of War in Greece. Private 25939 A Gascoigne was killed in action, although shrapnel in left foot and shoulder, plus right thigh, soon left 69th Field Ambulance to record died of wounds 18th April 1918, aged 23.
Official news has been received on April 18th. of the death from wounds of Private Arthur Gascoyne, 25929, D Company, 9th. Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancasters. He was 22 years of age, and lived in Barker Street, Huthwaite. He went out to Salonika in October, 1917. Three letters have been received which were written by him to different people on the 16th. April. And in them he declared himself to be "in the pink," yet two days later he died of wounds. Before enlisting he was employed at the Huthwaite Co-operative Branch.
Concerning the death of Pte. A. Gascoigne, Barker Street, Huthwaite – recorded in our last issue - the following letters have been received
I am sorry to have the painful duty of informing you of the death from wounds received in action on April 17th of your son 25929 Pte. Gascoigne. It happened whilst he was on post, a shell unfortunately striking where he and two companions were standing. He died nobly doing his duty, and I extend to you the deepest sympathy of his Company comrades and myself in your great bereavement. - 2nd Lieut. T. Parker.
I am writing to express to you my deep sympathy in the loss of your son, Pte. A Gascoigne. Until some six weeks ago it was my pleasant duty to command the Company in which your son was. I knew him well, for I had good cause to since he was one of the most reliable and trustworthy men in my Company. His own particular job, as you no doubt know, was that of a Lewis gunner, and in that capacity he could not be beaten. He was always refreshingly cheerful, and on all occasions turned up smiling, no matter what was going on. He refused to be downcast, which we all know counts for so much in these days of hardship. You may believe me that he is very deeply missed by all the men and officers in his Company, and particularly by his own friends, for he must have been a friend indeed. The Battalion to which he belonged is undergoing many changes; people come and go, but I know that it is always the going that is hardest, both for those who leave and for those left behind. I will always be pleased to help if it lies within my power.
-From Capt. T.W. Harbey.
Family headstone sighted 2012 in Huthwaite Cemetery pays further tribute to a son in his parents burial grounds, near the Huthwaite cenotaph WW1 roll of honour listing A Gascoigne.