Arthur John Harding

Surname: Harding
Other names: Arthur John
Other people in this story:
Thomas Baker Harding
Mary Ann Harding (nee Harding)
Nellie Lillian Gray
Alfred Sidney Harding
Locations in this story:
Sedgehill, Wiltshire
Semley, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Mere, Wiltshire
East Knoyle, Wiltshire

Arthur John Harding was born in Sedgehill, Wiltshire, on 11 Feb 1888 and baptised there on 14 Oct 1888 the son of Thomas Baker Harding and Mary Ann Harding (nee Harding).  He lived his early life in Sedgehill until by 1911 the family had moved to Smugglers Hole Cottages, Semley, Wiltshire.   He had enlisted on 1 Oct 1917 and joined the Royal Flying Corps becoming a Private 2nd Class (Service No. 97761).  He served in France and Flanders from 14 Nov 1917 to 17 Mar 1919 during which time the Royal Air Force had been established.   He was discharged on 16 Apr 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  His marriage to Nellie Lillian Gray was recorded in the Mere, Wiltshire, Registry in 1922.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 47 Milton, East Knoyle, Wiltshire, working as a Cowman on a farm.  His death was recorded in Mere in 1975.  His brother, Alfred Sidney Harding, also served but was regrettably killed in action. (NB  Not to be confused with Arthur John Harding born 1893 in Sedgehill whose father was George Arthur Harding.)


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