Other names: Arthur
Locations in this story: Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireWestminster, LondonPortsmouth, HampshireDevizes, Wiltshire
Story: Arthur Gatehouse was born in Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 21 Dec 1880 and baptised at the Independent Chapel there on 23 Jan 1881 the son of William Henry Gatehouse and Clara Madonna Gatehouse (nee Gray). He lived his early life in Ludwell until by 1901 he was working as a Footman at 55 Princes Gate, Westminster, London, and later, by 1911, he was boarding out at 32 All Saints Road, Langport, Portsmouth, Hampshire, working as a Waiter. He had enlisted in Portsmouth on 8 Oct 1914 and joined the General Services (Infantry) Unit later being placed with, in turn, the 14th and 16th Battalions of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 13974). His service was however brought to an end on 24 Dec 1915 on the basis that he was unlikely to become an efficient soldier due to 'flat feet'. He was not awarded any medals. He remained single and his death was recorded in Devizes, Wiltshire, during 1936. His father and seven of his brothers also served in the conflict - details of which can be found in the link below.