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Jul 23

Arthur Bidmead

Arthur was born in Thame on 17 December 1879 and while his precise dates at the school are unknown they are likely to be the very early 1890s. The family lived on Buttermarket adjacent to the Saracen’s Head, his father was an ironmonger and Arthur had seven siblings.

By 1911, he was married to Lillie May Gibbons (who he married in 1903) and Arthur worked as a grocer and sub-postmaster at the Norfolk Park Sub PO, Maidenhead.

In the War, he served in the Royal Berkshire Regiment, as 2ndLieutenant. He was wounded on 6 July 1916 while serving on the Western Front. It is likely that his wound made him unfit for further frontline service as he transferred to the Labour Corps and was promoted to Captain.

After the War he continued to work as the sub-postmaster in Norfolk Park, where he and his wife had one daughter Majorie.

Little more is known of his life but he was living with his wife on Belmont Road, Maidenhead in the 1930s. However in the 1939 Census he is listed as a grocery wholesaler. He died 22 July 1959, still living on Belmont Road. His wife had predeceased him in 1953.

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