Arthur Skerman

WW1 Roll of Honour

By Lynette Wray

Arthur Skerman

         

Military History:        

 

Regiment:                               Royal Field Artillery      

Rank:                                      Fitter

Regimental Number:             123664      

Date of Enlisting:                   6.3.1916

Date of death:                        12.1960

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

UK Cemetery/Memorial:       St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour

 

Arthur enlisted on the 6th March 1916 at Woolwich, London and joined the Royal Field Artillery, Regimental Number 123664. He embarked for the Ashar, Iraq on the Asian Front, on 19th October 1916 and saw active service in the Siege of Kut Al Amara where he contracted dysentery and spent three months in hospital recovering. He then returned to the field with the 60th Battery at Makina Masus near Basrah. Arthur transferred through a number of Battalions ending up in Baghdad from where he was demobbed in March 1919.  Arthur survived the War and died at Stotfold, Bedfordshire in December 1960.

Arthur was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. 

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

 

Family History:

 

Date of Birth:                c1888

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    Stotfold, Bedfordshire

Marriage:                      9.11.1929

 

Arthur was the second son of Alfred William and Eliza (nee Barton) Skerman, born at Ashwell, Hertfordshire at about the end of 1888. He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell. The 1911 census shows him a builder’s labourer living in Drayton Park, Holloway, London.

Arthur married Dorothy Evelyn Picking at Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 9th November 1929.  They had two sons, Robert Arthur born on 10th May 1932 and Rupert Samuel born on 7th July 1934. They lived in Stotfold, Bedfordshire from about 1935. 

Arthur died at Stotfold in December 1960.

 

Arthur’s brothers Herbert, William and Alfred all served in the War and survived.

 

Commentary:

Name:

Arthur Skerman

Birth Place:

Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:

Stotfold, Bedfordshire

Death Date:

12.1960

Enlistment Place:

Woolwich, London

Rank:

Fitter

Regiment:

Royal Field Artillery

Battalion:

 

Regimental Number:

123664

Type of Casualty:

Survived

Theatre of War:

Asian: Mesopotamia

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