Arthur

1865 - 1933

Arthur, the son of sixth child of Joshua and Elizabeth, was born in Westerham, Kent, in 1865. Rysted Lane, where the family lived in the census of 1861 and 1871, seems to have been renumbered, as the 1861 census records thefamily address as 15 (out of about 30 homes) whereas the 1871 census has them at 111. Father went from being a Police Constable to a Bricklayer, and in 1871 they had 2 Bricklayers (and a shoemaker) as lodgers.

Rysted Lane in Westerham is now the lane between Croydon Road and Churchill CofE primary, but in 1865 it was what is now Croydon Road. In 1881 the census records the Family in 131 Croydon Road.

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The Map also shows another feature the family will have seen arrive in Westerham (but has now gone - the branch line railway from Dunton Green. 

Arthur joined the military on 5th July 1889, when he stated his height was 5ft 61/2 inches. He served from 1899 to 1902 in South Africa, fighting in the Boer War for the 2nd Royal West Kent - regimental number 2560. So, although we know he was a scholar in 1881 (census) and a soldier in 1889, what he did immediately after school is not clear.

On leaving the military, and at the age of 40, he married Ellen Everest (1876 -1940) on the 8th of October. Elizabeth Ellen was born shortly after (15th January 1906), and then Frederick Arthur (1907), William George (1910) and Albert (1913). Nellie Florence, the youngest, was born in 1915. The recorded address for the family is Church Walk Alley, Westerham, near the centre of the village,

There is no reason to consider he didn't stay there until his death in 1933. Following his father his stated employment was Brick Layer in 1911. He would have been 68 when he died, so presumably did not enjoy a long retirement. His youngest daughter Nellie was then about 18. 

His wife Ellen died in shared accommodation on the High Street in 1940, just after being recorded there in the 1939 census.