Battle of the Somme, Berkhamsted, Express & Star, May and Court, Palmers Cross, Queen Street Congregational Church, South Staffordshire Regiment, St Mark's Road, St Michael and All Angels Church, Tettenhall College, Thomas Dickinson
The information for this post has come from one of the volunteers on the Queen Street project, Susan Martin.
Thomas Arthur Dickinson was born on 21 July 1893 at St Mark’s Road, Wolverhampton, the son of Thomas William Dickinson and Sarah Elizabeth (nee Annan). He was known as Arthur. His father was a fruit merchant and farmer. His mother died in 1895 and his father married Florence Bashford in 1898. Thomas had an older brother and sister, Francis and Doris Mabel, and a younger sister, Sarah Marjorie, as well as half brothers and sisters, Harold Norman, Charles Albert, Mary Iren and Joan. Arthur was educated at Tettenhall College. According to the 1911 census (by which date the family was living at Palmers Cross, Tettenhall), Thomas Arthur was an articled law clerk, and at some point he worked for Messrs. May and Court, solicitors of Wolverhampton.
Arthur attested on the 26/7/1915 at Lincolns Inn London and joined the 1/6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, a Territorial regiment. He was 5ft 10ins. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 18/10/1895 and gave his address at 30 Shrublands Avenue Berkhamsted and occupation solicitor’s clerk . He had been a private in the Inns of Court OTC. He joined the British Expeditionary Force in France on 7/11/1915. When he joined the 1/6th it was probably when they were at rest and training in Vaudricourt and Allouage. Arthur was killed on 1/7/1916, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Notice of his death was announced in the Express & Star on 22 September 1916.
Arthur’s body was never recovered. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, the Queen Street Congregational Church Roll of Honour, the war memorial of St Michael and All Angels Church in Tettenhall, and the Tettenhall College Roll of Honour. In his will dated 3/6/1915 his father was named as sole executor. His estate came to £536 8s 1d.