On the 11th April 2015, Flintshire War Memorials were in France paying tribute to the fallen and Arthur’s Commonwealth War Grave gravestone had been removed for cleaning, so I took a photograph anyway, just so you know he was remembered.
Arthur Herbert was born in the January – March Qtr of 1888 and first appeared on a census in 1891. He was living with his family at Cwmbach, Glasbury, Radnor, next to the All Saints Church Vicarage. Father Alfred Checkett 28 was a Coachman (Groom) who had been born in Cannock, Staffordshire His wife Emily 31 had been born in Glasbury, Brecon. Their children were Arnold 4, Arthur H. 3 and Amy L. 10 months. All the children were born in Glasbury,
The 1901 census shows the family living at The Lodge, (next to the Rectory) Bangor Township,Bangor Monachorum. Father Alfred 37 was still a Coachman Emily was 41. The children were Arnold 14 ( a Telegram messenger), Arthur 13 and Amy 10.
In the 1911 census, Arthur Herbert’s parents were living at Offley Grove, Newport, Shropshire. Alfred 47 was still a Coachman His wife of 26 years Emily was 50. She had borne 4 children and 3 survived. Amy Lillian was 20 and still at home.
Arthur Herbert was living at the home of his married brother in 1911. Arnold was a gardener and he lived at Wigdale, Hawarden, Flintshire with Mary his wife of 2 years. They had had no children. Arthur Herbert was living with them, now aged 23 and also a gardener. Also there was Mary Ellen Williams, 13, a niece of Mary’s.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms Arthur’s regimental information and tells us that he was born in Hay, Brecknockshire. His residence was Newport and he enlisted in Wrexham. His medal card also accessible on ancestry details his medals and also tell us that his first Theatre of War was France and the date he entered was the 1st December 1915.
There is an index card for Arthur in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. (Harwarden F7 ) was signed by A. Checkett, who I believe was Arnold his brother. Arthur’s regimental details were confirmed.
Information on the 13th Bn R.W.F: – http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/welchfusiliers13-gw.php
IWM Memorials – Current location -Highway Methodist Church, The Highway,Ewloe
Previous Location – Hawarden Methodist Church, Hawarden
Plain Rectangular Stone Tablet With Incised Inscription
In Memory Of/ Pte. A. H. Checkett/ Who Fell In The/ Great War/ 1914 – 1918
With thanks to http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/36495