TWIDDY, Arthur George

Most likely to be this man who enlisted in Newmarket

No.12762, Private, Arthur George TWIDDY
Aged 19

1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Tuesday, 26th October 1915

Arthur George Twiddy was born in Narborough, Norfolk (Swaffham Q2-1896 4B:357), son of John and Charlotte Elizabeth TWIDDY (née MAYERS).

1901 census...Aged 4, he was at The Row, Narborough with his father John TWIDDY [35] maltster born Pentney; his mother Charlotte [34]; brothers Henry [9] and Horace [7] and sister Florence [2]. All except his father were born in Narborough. There was an elder brother, Ernest Edward, born 1890, enlisted in King's Lynn and killed in action on 1st July 1916 on the Somme serving with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment.

His mother died in 1903 and his father married Edith SPARROW (Mutford Q3-1906 4A:2169)

1911 census...Aged 14, stable boy domestic, he was at Marham Road, Narborough with his father and step-mother Edith [40] born Beccles; brothers Henry William and Horace Leonard (both farm workers) and sister Florence Maud.

No documentary evidence has been found to link him with Cowlinge, but enlistment at Newmarket does put him in the area at the start of the war. All addresses on pension cards are in Narborough.

He enlisted in Newmarket in September 1914. This so far is the only documentary evidence of him being in the locality of Cowlinge. He died from his wounds in No.3 Northern General Hospital, Sheffield. That, in the absence of his Service Record, means we cannot ascertain where or when he was wounded.
His brother Horace Leonard TWIDDY was wounded in France in 1917 and invalided out of the Norfolk Regiment to return to the family in Narborough (which does help with the above identification).

Arthur Twiddy is buried in Narborough (All Saints) Churchyard, south of the church

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