Arthur Cumberlidge 1890-1971

Arthur Cumberlidge 1890-1971

Private 46063 Northumberland Fusiliers

Arthur Cumberlidge was born on 26 August 1890 in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. He was the son of William Myatt Cumberlidge and his wife Emma nee Herbert.

He first enlisted on 9 November 1914 at Tunstall in Staffordshire, England. He was described as:

  • Birthplace, Parish: Burslem, County: Staffordshire
  • Age: 24 years 2 months
  • Trade: Engineer
  • Height: 5 feet 6¾ inches
  • Weight: 117 lbs
  • Chest Measurement Fully Expanded: 35½ inches range of expansion 3½ inches
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Eyes: brown
  • Hair: Brown
  • Church of England: Yes
  • Physical Development: Good
  • Vaccination Marks: 4 left arm
  • Vision R.E.-V=6/9 L.E.-V=6/12
  • Enlisted at Tunstall on ( day of Nov 1914
  • Joined on Enlistment: Royal Fusiliers Regtl. No. G/8932
  • Became no-effective on 9 day of January 1915

He became Private 8932 in the Royal Fusiliers. He soon feel ill with tonsillitis and spent 13 days in the Military Hospital, Western Heights in Dover.

However, he was discharged after serving 62 days with the Royal Fusiliers. The cause of his discharge was his poor eyesight. His eyes were examined on Christmas Day 1914 at the Military Hospital, Western Heights in Dover and his eyesight was described as:

  • Bad eyesight
  • Myopia
  • Astigmatism – right eye 14 yrs
  • NOT acquired on service

He was discharged on 9 January 1915 as “Not being likely to become an efficient soldier”.

He was a clerk working in a colliery when he enlisted, for the second time, on 31 August 1915.

He became Private 46063 in the 3rd Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers. He served overseas and was discharged as medically unfit for service on 3 May 1918 age 27¾. He was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals and the Silver War Badge.

Arthur married Elizabeth Dayson in 1915 and they had five children together:

  • Dorothy Cumberlidge born 1917
  • Dorothy Cumberlidge born 1919; she married John Tipping in 1949
  • Freda Cumberlidge born 1926
  • Thomas A Cumberlidge born 16 September 1928
  • Joseph Graham Cumberlidge born 19 May 1932

Arthur died in 1971.

WW1 Army Service Record

MEDICAL HISTORY of

Surname: Cumberledge Christian Name: Arthur

GENERAL TABLE

Birthplace, Parish: Burslem County Staffordshire

Examined 9 day of Nov 1914 at Tunstall

Age: 24 years 2 months

Trade: Engineer

Height: 5 feet 6¾ inches

Weight: 117 lbs

Chest Measurement Fully Expanded: 35½ inches range of expansion 3½ inches

Physical Development: Good

Vaccination Marks: 4 left arm

Vision R.E.-V=6/9 L.E.-V=6/12

Enlisted at Tunstall on 9 day of Nov 1914

Joined on Enlistment: Royal Fusiliers Regtl. No. G/8932

Became no-effective on 9 day of Jan 1915

Admissions to Hospital

Military Hospital, Dover from 10 Dec 1914 to 22 Dec 1914, Tonsillitis, 13 days in hospital, Folliculars, especially right tonsil, temperature on admission. Treatment Gargles, Transferred to Section H Duke of Yorks, Guston 18 Dec 1914

SHORT SERVICE

(Three years with the Colours)

No. 8932 Name: Arthur Cumberledge Corps: Royal Fusiliers

Name: Arthur Cumberledge

Parish or Town of Birth: Parish of Burslem in the Town of Burslem in the County of Staffordshire

British Subject: Yes

Age: 24 Years 2 Months

Previous Service: No

Tunstall 9 Nov 1914

STATEMENT of the SERVICES of No. RF/GS 8932 Name: Arthur Cumberledge

Service towards limited engagement reckons from 9 Nov 1914

Joined at Hounslow on 11 Nov 1914

Royal Fusiliers Depot, Posted, Private, 9 Nov 1914

5th Battalion, Posted, Private, 17 Nov 1914

5th Battalion, Discharged “Not being likely to become an efficient soldier”, Private, 9 Jan 1915

Total Service towards Engagement to 9 Jan 1915 (date of discharge) 62 days

Total Service towards Pension to 9 Jan 1915 (date of discharge) / days

Application for Discharge of a Recruit as not likely to become an efficient Soldier

Regiment: 5th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

No. 8932 Name: Cumberledge, A

Date of Attestation: 9 November 1914

Age: 24 years / days

Height 5 feet, 6¾ inches

Weight 117 lbs

Chest measurement fully expanded: 35½ inches, range of expansion 3½ inches

Passed at Stoke

Cause of objection to be fully stated:

  • Bad eyesight
  • Myopia
  • Astigmatism – right eye 14 yrs
  • NOT acquired on service

Discharge recommended

Military Hospital, Western Heights, Dover

25 Dec 1914

MILITARY HISTORY SHEET

Home from 9 Nov 1914 to 9 Jan 195, 62 days

Nam and Address of next of kin:

  • Mother Emma, New Inn, Smallsham?, Staffs
  • Brother George William

Description of Arthur Cumberledge on Enlistment

Height: 5 feet 6¾ inches

Weight: 117 lbs

Chest measurement fully expanded 35½ inches, range of expansion: 3½ inches

Complexion: Fresh

Eyes: brown

Hair: Brown

Church of England: Yes

Right Eye – V 6/9 Left Eye V 6/12

Date 9 Nov 1914

Place: Tunstall

Certificate of Primary Military Examination

I hereby certify that the above-named recruit was inspected by me, and I consider him fit for service in the ROYAL FUSILIERS and that due care has been exercised in his enlistment.

Date: 9 Nov 1914

Place: Stoke on Trent

STATEMENT of the SERVICES of No. RF/GS 8932 Name: Arthur Cumberledge

Service towards limited engagement reckons from 9 Nov 1914

Joined at Hounslow on 11 Nov 1914

Royal Fusiliers Depot, Posted, Private, 9 Nov 1914

5th Battalion, Posted, Private, 11 Nov 1914

5th Battalion, Discharged “Not being likely to become an efficient soldier”, Private, 9 Jan 1915

Total Service towards Engagement to 9 Jan 1915 (date of discharge) 62 days

Total Service towards Pension to 9 Jan 1915 (date of discharge) / days

Medal Roll

NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS REGIMENT OR CORPS

Supplementary Roll “B” Sheet No. N.F./14165

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Victory Medal and British War Medal granted under Army Orders 301 & 266 of 1919.

Regtl. No.

Rank

Name

Record of disposal of decorations

Remarks

46063

Private

CUMBERLIDGE, ARTHUR

13th Northumberland Fusiliers 46063 Private

Discharged 392 (xvi)

York 21 Dec 1920

Silver War Badge

ROLL OF INDIVIDUALS entitled to the “WAR BADGE”

NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS

3 May 1918 O/1604/1 WAR OFFICE

Regtl. No.

Rank

Name

Unit

No. of Badge

Enlistment

Discharge

Cause of Discharge

Whether served Overseas

46063

Private

Arthur Cumberlidge

3rd Battalion

362,399

31 Aug 1915

3 May 1918

392 (xvi) KR 2 (b)(1) A.O. 2 Age 27¾

Yes

York, 1st May 1918 

Medal Index Card

Name.

Corps.

Rank.

Regtl. No.

CUMBERLIDGE

Northumberland Fusiliers

Private

46063

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Arthur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medal.

Roll.

Page.

Remarks.

VICTORY

O/1/105B59

14165

 

BRITISH

Do

Do

STAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver War Badge List

O/1604/1

Theatre of War first served in

 

Date of entry therein

 

 

 

 

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