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Arthur Street is another of the Police Constables mentioned in the Chief Constable’s Report Book.

He joined the Police Force on 22 June 1914, so had only served a month with the police when War broke out and he was called upon to rejoin his Regiment. Already on 7 September 1914, he is mentioned again in the Report Book, when “P.C. Street has been wounded and is now in Hospital at Southampton.” By September 21, there is a longer entry:

I regret to say that P. C. Arthur Street who was called up to rejoin his former Rgt – Coldstream Guards – died on the 9th inst. in Hospital at South Sea. He had been wounded in the hand at the Front and was going on well when lockjaw […] from which he died – he was married only 2 days before going to the War.

His widow has received £5 from his Supt. and will be entitled to a small pension.

The question of what she may receive from this […] is now for consideration. According to the Act of Parl[iament] which became Law on Tuesday last – Police Constables have considerable discretion in this matter and I suggest that this case, and any others which may arise, should be gone into by the sub Committee

Very little further is known about this man. There are various birth possibilities too, as, just because he served with the Wolverhampton Police Force does not mean he came from Wolverhampton, particularly as he had only been with the police a month. His entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Committee website states that he was in the 3rd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards, and that he is buried at Portsmouth (Highland Road) Cemetery, which would tie in with him being in hospital in South Sea or Southampton, depending on which entry in the book is correct. His medal card is also available at the National Archives, and he is commemorated on the Wolverhampton Roll of Remembrance.

In the 1911 census there is an Arthur Street in the Coldstream Guards at Marlborough Lines, Aldershot. His birthplace is given as Litchfield (mistranscribed as Atchfield). His entry in Soldiers Died in the Great War gives his birthplace as Burton-on-Trent, but this may actually be the address of the next-of-kin as recorded in the service records. There is a marriage registered in Burton in September 1914 to a Gertrude A. Hollings, so this is probably the same individual. There was also an Arthur Street of the right age born in Burton who is a brewery labourer in the 1911 census.

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