ARTHUR HENRY CHAMBERS

 

 

Born: 1870, Ipswich.

Died: 5th February 1901; age: 30; KiA at Witklip, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Residence: 19, Hill Street, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Employed: Messrs. A. Wrinch and Sons, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 3426.

Regiment: 19th (Princess of Wales’s Own) Hussars, South Africa Field Force.

 

Clasps Awarded: Belfast, Orange Free State & Laing’s Nek.

 

CENSUS

 

1871   Bond Street, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

 

Arthur was a year old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Chambers, 41, a Labourer, born Ipswich.

Sarah Chambers (nee Cuttriss), 41, born Sawston, Cambridgeshire.

Elizabeth Chambers, 19, a ??? Maker, born Ipswich.

William Chambers, 17, a Pupil Teacher, born Ipswich.

Alfred Chambers, 14, born Ipswich.

John Chambers, 6, born Ipswich.

Walter James Chambers, 8 months, born Ipswich.

 

1881   7, Bond Street, Ipswich.

 

Arthur was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John, 51, a Brickmaker.

Sarah, 53.

John, 16.

Charlotte Chambers, 9, born Ipswich.

Frederick Chambers, 7, born Ipswich.

 

1891   Cavalry Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire.

 

Arthur was 21 years old, Soldier ranked a Private for the 19th Hussars.

 

Arthur’s mother, Sarah Chambers died 1899, Ipswich.

 

In 1897, Ipswich, Arthur married Ruth Hannah Ward, born 1876, Butley, Suffolk – daughter of William Ward, an agricultural labourer and Ann Ward (nee Smith), of Butley.

They had 2 children:

William John Chambers, born 1898, Ipswich.

Winifred Chambers, born 1899, Ipswich.

 

The Ipswich Journal – 20th April 1901 – BENEFIT CONCERTThere was a crowded audience at St. Matthew’s Church Hall on Wednesday evening, when a concert was given for the benefit of the widow and children of Trooper Arthur Chambers, P.W.O. Hussars, who was recently killed at the front. The programme was admirably varied, and the efforts of the performers were thoroughly appreciated. Songs of a sentimental character were given by Miss J. Last, Miss Mayer, Mr. A.E. Scales, Mr. J. Barham, Mr. A. Mead, and Mr. Watson; comic songs by Messrs. W. Dewhurst, G. Le Fevre, T. Mullings, W. Scott-Murdoch, J. Cook, and R. Baldry; a mandolin solo by Mr. A.E. Steed; gramophone selection by Mr. H. Walters; volin solo by Mr. A.E. Wood; and a pianoforte selection by Mr. J.F. Daniels (the accompanist). Thanks were tendered those who had assisted by Mr. J. Brame (who, with Mr. G. Le Fevre successfully organised the concert), and he mentioned that patronage and support had been extended by Sir Chas. Dalrymple, Bart., M.P., the Hon. Douglas Tollemache, Col. H.W. Packard, Col. Alderson, Lieut.-Col. F. Turner, Mr. R.D. Fraser, Mr. J. Pratt, Mr. Geo. Fenn, Messrs. Churchman, and Mr. J. Ball, whilst Messrs. A. Wrinch and Sons (the deceased soldier’s employers had contributed a considerable sum to the funds of the concert, besides giving Mrs. Chambers a weekly allowance. Mr. G.A. Hacon kindly supplied the much-admired flowers with which the platform was decorated. The proceeds of the concert amounted to the substantial sum of above £10.

 

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