Sixpenny Handley War Memorial

Arthur New

Surname: New
Other names: Arthur
Other people in this story:
Esan New
Ann New nee Sanger
Tom New
Margaret Ethel New née Hill
Joseph Rideout
Locations in this story:
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
France & Flanders
Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, Armentieres, France
Vale Farm, Sutton Waldron, Dorset
Dean End, Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset

Story:
Arthur New was born in 1877 in Sixpenny Handley and baptised there on 26th August, 1877. He was the son of Esan New, a Traction Engine Driver and Ann New (nee Sanger). His siblings included Tom New, born in 1895, who also died in the war. The family lived at Vale Farm, Sutton Waldron, Dorset. On 23rd December, 1907, Arthur married Margaret Ethel Hill at St. Giles Church, Uley, Stroud, Gloucestershire. They had four children: 3 girls and a boy. At the time of the 1911 Census he was working as a Traction Engine Driver and living at Dean End, Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. His mother died in 1911 and his father in 1913. Arthur had enlisted on 9th March, 1899 and served with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 3987) and then the Royal Engineers. He was discharged from that engagement on 16th June, 1906, and placed on reserve. He was recalled to duty as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery but soon transferred as a Sapper to the Royal Engineers (Service No. 12918). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals. He died whilst serving with the 12th Field Company on 23rd March 1915 and was buried at Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, Armentieres, France (grave id. III.C.15). He is remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial. His wife, Margaret, remarried Joseph Rideout on 2nd August, 1919.    

Images:
  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial
  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives