Arthur Richmond

I have had difficulty with researching this man as I have been unable to find a definite connection with the village. He and his brother Frederick William Richmond are both on a list which was in the Church Chest. Arthur is listed as being in the Territorial Army.

Arthur is not in any of the Census records for Saxlingham Nethergate and not on any of the Electoral Rolls before or after the First World War but is remembered on the War Memorial.

There is a tenuous link to the village via his sister Violet Richmond, who married Horace Cudden. The Cudden family had lived in Saxlingham prior to 1911 and Horace’s brother, Benjamin continued to live in the village.

I am therefore going to presume that the Arthur Richmond on the war memorial is the brother of Violet Richmond. If anyone has any further information please can they contact me.

Arthur Cecil Richmond was born in East Tuddenham, Norfolk on 13 June 1888. His parents were Edward and Pamela Richmond. His father was a farmer in the same village.  He had several brothers and sisters.

Ernest born 1885

Frederick William born 21 September 1886

Hubert born 1890

Reginald born 1893

Edith born 1895

Violet born 1897

Evelyn born 1902

He was baptised on 22 July 1888 in East Tuddenham Church.

In 1901 and 1911 the family were living in East Tuddenham.

Arthur’s service records have not survived but it is known from the Silver Badge Records that he enlisted on 24 November 1914. He served overseas in the Balkans arriving there 9 September 1915. He was discharged from the army on 13 December 1918 due to ill health.

Arthur married Florence Emily McHugh, born 1890, in Cawston Church, Norfolk on 13 June 1915. (The same date as his birthday)  At the time of his marriage he was in 3rd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.

 From June to September 1915 450 men were transferred from this Battalion to the Essex Regiment. Arthur became a sergeant, his service number was 20892.

It is not known how many children Florence and Arthur had. There are records of two children but the blanked out records of 1939 census suggest there could be two more.

Cyril Arthur Herbert Richmond was baptised on 9 February 1918 in Cawston Church. The records state that his parents were Florence and Arthur.  It said Arthur’s occupation was that of a game keeper but at the time of the baptism he was in the army. Cyril died soon after his baptism as his death is registered in the first quarter of the year.

They also had a daughter Doreen E Richmond born in June 1922.

It has not been possible to find details of other children.

In 1929 the family lived in Riddlesworth and in 1931 in Gasthorpe.

In 1939 Arthur was living with Florence and three children in Queen’s Road, Attleborough. He was working as a postman.

I have been unable to find any more details about Arthur and would welcome any information about his life and family or any photographs.


England & Wales, Birth, marriage, death index 1837-2005

UK Census Collection

British Army Medal Roll Index cards, 1914-1920 plus Silver Badge records.

1939 Register-

Norfolk Electoral Rolls-Southern Division Saxlingham Nethergate and Thorpe,  (Absent Voters Lists 1918-1920)

Norfolk, Church of England Diocesan Baptismal Records., East Tuddenham and Cawston

Norfolk, Church of England Diocesan Marriage Records, Cawston Church.

Papers from the Church Chest of St. Mary’s Church, Saxlingham Nethergate now deposited in Norwich Record Office.

The History of the Norfolk Regiment. Vol.II.  – F. Loraine Petre. Norwich: Jarrold and Son Ltd. The Empire Press

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