Private CH/82(S) - Royal Marines
Light Infantry 1st RM Battalion RN Div.
Enlisted: 8th September 1914
Killed in Action Flanders 13th November 1916 : Aged 23
Thiepval Memorial - Pier and Face 1 A
Private CH/82(S) Arthur Tomlinson was born 9th May 1894 in Newton, Derbyshire. Parents 1883 Mansfield District Q4 registered marriage between coal miner father George Tomlinson from Blackwell, with Miss Ruth Hannah Holmes from Pilsley, asserts a mother of 3 children all born at Newton and baptised in Blackwell. Their move a few years afterwards into Hucknall Huthwaite addresses entire 1901 household on Common Road, listing head George 42, wife Ruth 40, Edith 17, Joseph 11, and Arthur 7.
Arthur Tomlinson followed his brother Joseph and their father George into working at New Hucknall Colliery, when typical starting age was nearer 14 years old. Huthwaite 1911 census addressed this coal mining family in West End Cottages, Blackwell Road. Named terracing is later numbered 76 Blackwell Road, from where his late Q4 1913 marriage to Miss Daisy Mary Whetton from Dalestorth Street Sutton, results in Mrs Daisy Tomlinson giving birth 24th May 1914 to name their daughter Edith Tomlinson.
Private CH/82(S) Arthur Tomlinson enlisted 8th September 1914. He actually joined the local Notts & Derby Regimental ranks of Sherwood Foresters, who were mobilised 1915 into the Western Front. Private A Tomlinson was recognised however, as one of the fitter eager volunteers coming from a mining background preferably selected to join Kitchener's Marines. Their role was to tunnel and undermine enemy positions. Transferal into the 1st Royal Marines Battalion Royal Naval Division identifies service number for Private CH/82(S) Tomlinson placed among 200 Foresters posted to the Chatham Division on Short-service.
Reportage shows parents mourned loss of their son, killed in action among the infamous France and Flanders battlefields on 13th November 1916 aged 23. Widows war registered address at 17 Dalestorth Street, New Cross, will likely still be her parental Whetton home, where Mrs Daisy Tomlinson incidentally also lost a brother listing Gershom Whetton on Sutton War Memorials.
Huthwaite cenotaph Roll of Honour lists A Tomlinson, furthermore remembered by name Arthur Tomlinson in the Parish Church.
After being reported as missing since November 13th, 1916, official news has now been received to the effect that Private Arthur Tomlinson of 76, Blackwell Road, Huthwaite (youngest son of Mr. George Tomlinson) was killed in action in France on that date. The deceased soldier, who was 23 years of age, enlisted on September 8th , 1914 and after being in the Dardanelles a few months was transferred to France. He was on leave in October last, and returned on November 6th ,being reported as missing a week later. Private Tomlinson worked at the New Hucknall Colliery. He leaves a wife and child.
Tomlinson. - In Loving Memory of Private A. Tomlinson (Royal Marines), Huthwaite, who was killed in Action, November 13th. 1916, aged 23 years. We think we see his smiling face, As he bade his last good-bye; And left his home for ever, In a foreign land to die. But the bitterest blow has yet to come, When the warriors all return; And we miss amongst the cheering crowd, The face of our dear son. - From his loving Mother and Father.
Tomlinson. -In Loving Memory of Private Arthur Tomlinson, 18th. Royal Marines, the dearly beloved Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Tomlinson, killed in Action, November 13th. 1916. Three years have passed away Since our great sorrow fell, Still in our hearts we mourn the loss Of him we loved so well.-
From his ever-loving Mother, Father and little Edith, Huthwaite.