Arthur Cumberlidge 1895-1961

Arthur Cumberlidge 1895-1961

Private 260146 1st Battalion Border Regiment

Arthur Cumberlidge was born on 21 January 1895 in Great Harwood, Lancashire, England. He was the youngest son of Thomas Cumberlidge and his wife Mary Ann nee Chamberlain. By the 1911 census Arthur was a Cabin Boy at the Cabin Man at Birtwistle & Feeney, St Lawrence Mill in Great Harwood, Lancashire.

He joined the army for the duration of the war on 9 December 1915 and initially joined the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry as Private 3280. He was examined on 5 October 1916 at Blackburn and was described as:

  • Birthplace, Parish: Great Harwood, County: Lancashire
  • Age: 20 years 11 months
  • Trade: Cabin Man (Cotton Mill)
  • Height: 5 feet 1 inch
  • Chest Measurement: 34 inches fully expanded with 3 inches of expansion
  • Vaccination marks: 2 left arm
  • When vaccinated: Infancy
  • Vision: R.E.-V=/12, L.E.-V=6/9

He embarked at Folkestone on 17 June 1916 travelling to Boulogne, France and arrived the same day. He was wounded in action due to gas on 22 July 1917 at Etaples and admitted to hospital at Dannes-Camiers. He recovered at the 5 Convalescent Depot at Cayeux. Shortly arriving back at Etaples he was posted to the 1st Battalion The Border Regiment. He became Private 260146. 

On 1 October 1917 and within a month of joining this Battalion he was injured by shrapnel in both legs and his left forearm. He was treated at the 87th Field Ambulance, then the 2nd Canadian General Hospital at Le Treport and then transferred by a ship called Grantully Castle to England.

Hospital Treatment

David Lewis Northern Hospital from 10 Oct 1917 to 30 Nov 1917 Gun Shot Wound (Thigh), 51 days in hospital, transferred to Auxiliary Hospital

Military Hospital Aigburth Pavilion, Liverpool from 30 Nov 1917 to 27 Dec 1917 Gun Shot Wound both legs, 28 days in hospital, discharged Class II

After recovering he was posted to the 4th Battalion of The Border Regiment on 22 February 1918.

He was discharged to the reserve as Private 260146 4th Battalion, The Border Regiment on 23 February 1919. He immediately made a claim for a disability based pension and was awarded it for 1 year and 9 weeks for a 30% disability caused by injuries sustained at Ypres on 1 October of 1918 during the war. By 7 February 1920 a Medical Board decided that he was no longer disabled and not entitled to an extension of his pension.

Arthur Cumberlidge married Hilda Williams in 191 and they had a daughter Mabel Cumberlidge born in 1920. Arthur died in 1961 and his wife in 1972.

WW1 Service Record


Regtl. No. _[2]60146

Rank: Private

Name: Thomas Cumberlidge [Arthur Cumberlidge]

Unit: 4th Reserve

Regiment: Border Regiment

Date of Discharge: 23 Feb 1919

8 St Lawrence Street, Great Harwood

Award Sheet – First Award

Surname: Cumberlidge, Christian Names: Arthur

Regiment: Border Regiment

Rank: Private

Regtl. No. 260146

Date of Transfer 23 Feb 1919

Cause of Discharge: To Class “2” Army Reserve

Enlisted: 9 Dec 1915


Pension Art. 1.(1): Gun Shot Wound Legs & Left Arm Due to 30%, 8/3 52 weeks from 24 Feb 1919

Pension expires 24 Feb 1920

Renewal or Revision of Award


Pension Art. 1 (1): Interim Code 1 12/- 9 weeks pending Medical Report from 25 February 1920

Pension expires 27 Apr 1920


Name Cumberlidge Thos [sic] Regt. Border – 260146 Reference No. Z/Bor/824

Renewal or Revision of Award

Matter now submitted: Report on AFB179 7 Feb 1920

Disability: Gun Shot Wounds, Nil disablement

No grounds for further award 26 Feb 1920

Medical Report on a Soldier Boarded Prior to Discharge or Transfer to Class W., W.(T), or P.(T), of the Reserve

Unit: Border

Regtl. No. 260146

Rank: Private

Name: CUMBERLIDGE Thomas [sic]

Age last birthday: 23

Posted for duty on 5 Oct 1916 at Preston

Former Trade: Cabin man

Date of Discharge 23 Feb 1919

Statement of Case

Gun Show Wound Multiple

Date of origin of disability: Oct 1918

Place of origin of disability: Ypres

Concise facts of the disability: AFB 178 – Gun Shot Wounds Thigh & Legs

Present condition: Underlying pains? Over heel of left fibula a tear 1” in diameter healed – w of no special features. Knee not involved. There are 2 superficial tears one above left ankle with one below left ankle of no special features. Ankle movements free. Superficial tears centre of Right Tibia – no special features. He also has superficial both Buttocks of no special features. The Board fail to find any disability now the wounds have all been superficial and all well healed – all movement perfect

Station: Preston No.1 Pensions Board

Date: 7 Feb 1920



Gun Shot Wound Multiple

Left Arm – 1½” below __ Condyle a circular tear ½” in diameter – healed non adherent of no special features – no evidence of injury to bone. Elbow joint movement free. Complains of numbness in little finger in cold weather but there is no evidence of Ulnar involvement

Left Thigh – Circular tear on centre of Ant[erior] aspect Left Thigh ¾” in diameter adherent to deep structures. The exit wound of that is outer aspect Left Thigh 1½” below No. 1 – well healed, adherent to deep structure to wounds of front of

Degree of disablement: Nil

Station: Preston No.1 Pensions Board

Date: 7 Feb 1920



Regiment: 4th(R) Battalion Border Regiment

Regt. No. 260146

Rank; Private

Christian Names: Arthur

Permanent Address: 8, St Lawrence Street, Great Harwood, Near Blackburn

Age last birthday: 23

Previous Service: W&C [Westmorland & Cumberland] Yeomanry

First joined for duty: 5th Oct 1916 at Preston

Place of Examination: Bridlington

1 (a) In what countries have you served during this war and for what periods: France, 4 months

1 (b) In what capacity: Infantry

2 If you are suffering from any disease, wound or injury, state what it is, the date upon which it started, and what in your opinion was the cause of it: Gunshot wound Left & Right Legs & Left Arm 29th July 1917

3 Give the names of any Hospitals in which you have been treated for the above disabilities during the war:

  • 20th General Hospital, Dannes Camiers
  • 2nd Canadian General Hospital Etaples
  • David Lewis’s Northern Hospital Liverpool

7 Name and address of last employer: Birtwistle & Feeney, St Lawrence Mill, Great Harwood [St Lawrence Mill, Mill Street, Great Harwood]

8 What was your trade: Cabin Man

Place of Examination: Bridlington

9 Give diagnosis and particulars of:

(a) Each disability: 9 Sev of left forearm thigh & knee – Rt Tibia

(b) Present condition:

  1. 9 Sev left forearm & left thigh slight
  2. Left knee – this causes pinching? on marching
  3. 9 Sev – Rt Tibia healed

10 Attributable to Service during the present war: Yes

11 Is each disability in a final stationary condition; Yes

12 What is the degree of disablement at which in your opinion he should be assessed at present: 30%

Place of Examination: Bridlington 17 Jan 1919


Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number: 3280 260146

Regiment of Corps: 7 Westmorland & Cumberland Yn 4th (R) Border Regiment

Rank: Private

Name: Cumberlidge Arthur

Age on Enlistment: 20 years 1 months

Enlisted 9 Dec 1915

Term of Service: Duration of War

Service reckons from 5 Oct 1916

Occupation: Cabin Man

Next of Kin: Father, Thomas, 8, St Lawrence St Great Harwood


Depot Posted 9 Oct 1916

2/ W&C Yns Posted 8 Nov 1916

Embarked Folkestone 17 Jun 1917

Disembarked: Boulogne 17 Jun 1917

Joined ex England, Etaples, 18 Jun 1917

Joined, Field, 5 Jul 1917, from Officer Commanding Battalion

Wounded in Action (Gas), Field, 22 Jul 1917, from Officer Commanding Battalion

Gassed Lachy Admitted 25 Jul 1917 TO CCS, from 75 Field Ambulance 27 Jul 1917

Admitted & remy from 46 CCS 27 Jul 1917

Gassed Admitted 20 General Hospital Dannes, 29 Jul 1917

Admitted 5 Con Dep [Convalescent Depot], Cayeux, 8 Aug 1917

Arrived ex 5CC, Etaples, 25 Aug 1917

Posted to 1st Border Regiment, Etaples, 6 Sep 1917

Joined Battalion, Private, Field, 8 Sep 1917

Wounded, Field, 1 Oct 1917, from Officer Commanding 1st Battalion

Admitted Shrapnel Wounds Legs & Left Arm, 61 CCS, 1 Oct 1917

Admitted Gun Shot Wounds Arm Left & both Legs, 87th Field Ambulance, 2 Oct 1917

Admitted Shrapnel Wounds Legs & Left Arm, 2 Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport, 3 Oct 1917

To England per Grantully Castle ex 2 Canadian General Hospital Shrapnel Wounds, Legs, Arm Left, British Expeditionary Force, 6 Oct 1917

Posted to Command Depot 7 Jan 1918

Arrived Posted ‘C’ Company, Command Depot, Heaton Park, 7 Jan 1918

Posted 4th (RES) Battalion The Border Regiment, Filey, 22 Feb 1918

Transferred to Class “Z” Army Reserve on Demobilization: 23 February 1919

Home Address: 8 St Lawrence St, Great Harwood, Lancs



Report to the Employment Department, Ministry of Labour, in the case of a Soldier who on Demobilization has made a positive claim on A.F.Z.22 for consideration for a Disability Pension

Soldier’s Name: Cumberlidge Arthur

Unit from which discharged: 4th (res) Battalion The Border Regiment

Regimental Number: 260146

Rank on discharge: Private

Age on discharge: 24

Married: Single

Full postal address: 8 St Lawrence, Great Harwood, Lancs

Name of Approved Society: Weavers Ass[ociation] Great Harwood

Nature of medical unfitness: Gun shot Wound Left & Right Leg & left forearm

Service with Colours: 2 years, 142 days of which 116 days were served abroad

Military Character: Very Good

Date of transfer to reserve: 23 Feb 1919

Fulwood Barracks

7 Apr 1919


Cumberlidge Arthur


Birthplace, Parish: Great Harwood, County: Lancashire

Examined: 5th day of October 1916 at Blackburn

Age: 20 years 11 months

Trade: Cabin Man (Cotton Mill)

Height: 5 feet 1 inch

Chest Measurement: 34 inches fully expanded with 3 inches of expansion

Vaccination marks: 2 left arm

When vaccinated: Infancy

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

Enlisted: Great Harwood on 9th December 1915

Joined on Enlistment:

  • 2/1 W&C Yeomanry, Regtl. No. 3280 315835

Transferred to:

  • 5th Battalion Border Regiment, Regtl. No. 260146
  • Army Reserve Class Z 23 Feb 1919

Hospital Treatment

David Lewis Northern Hospital from 10 Oct 1917 to 30 Nov 1917 Gun Shot Wound (Thigh), 51 days in hospital, transferred to Auxiliary Hospital

Military Hospital Aigburth Pavilion, Liverpool from 30 Nov 1917 to 27 Dec 1917 Gun Shot Wound both legs, 28 days in hospital, discharged Class II

Medal Roll


Sheet No. 4365b

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

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8th Border Regiment 260146 Private 1st Border Regiment 260146


Fulwood Barracks Preston, 29 Apr 1921

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