Born: 27th May 1890, 15, Auckland Street, Lambeth, Surrey.
Baptised: 3rd August 1890, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Croydon, Surrey.
Died: 1921 – Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 42943.
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
1891 15, Auckland Street, Lambeth, Surrey.
Arthur was 10 months old and living with his parents.
Arthur Anderton, 23, a Miller, born Croydon, Surrey.
Anne Anderton (nee English), 22, born Whissonett, Norfolk.
1901 2, Riverside Cottages, Beddington, Surrey.
Arthur was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Arthur, 32, an Engine Fitter.
Olive Rose Anderton, 6, born Croydon, Surrey.
Percy John Anderton, 2, born Croydon, Surrey.
Eva Kathleen Anderton, 1, born Croydon, Surrey.
1911 27, Cumberland Street, Ipswich.
Arthur was 20 years old, a Machine Man – Millers. He was boarding at the home of Robert John Norman, 64, a Window Cleaner.
On the 2nd December 1911, Ipswich, Arthur married Edith Kathleen Callagham, born September 1892, at 10, Wilberforce Street, Ipswich. They had 1 daughter:
Ruby Olive Kathleen Anderton, born December 1912, Ipswich.
Arthur’s brother Percy John Anderton also fell. He was KiA on the 14th March 1916 aged 17. Service number 6900 of The Queens’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Buried at Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
MACHINE GUN CORPS.
The Machine Gun Corps was formed in October 1915 as the machine gun proved to be held affective as infantry support in trench warfare. Cavalry and Motor branches, followed in 1916 by the Heavy Branch. A depot and training centre was established at Belton park in Grantham, also a training base depôt at Camiers in France .the men where trained to a higher technical standard ,capable of stripping down and mending the guns in the field.
The Machine Gun Corps had 62,049 casualties, including 12,498 killed out of 170,500 officers and men earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’ manly as machine guns were static or fix positions becoming prime targets for the enemy.