Arthur C Black 1893-1941
Royal Marine Artillery 12948
Bandmaster 1st Class
Arthur Charles Black was born on Sunday 10th December 1893 in Hackney, which at the time was in Middlesex. He was baptised down the road a few weeks later at St Peter, Bethnal Green, London and raised at 85 Warner Place, Bethnal Green by his parents.. his father John, who was a basket maker and mother Ellen. Arthur was the youngest of three children following older sisters Ellen and Matilda.
a mere 5ft 2ins, sixteen years old Arthur enlisted as a Band Boy at
the Royal Marine Artillery Barracks and Infirmary, Eastney, Portsmouth
on 8th October 1909.. he was allocated the Service Number 12948. A necessary
requirement for recruits was the ability to swim and young Arthur passed
his test in May 1910. In 1911 the UK Census listed him as a Royal Marine
Band Boy of Eastney Barracks. Shortly afterwards on his eighteenth birthday
9th December 1911, he was advanced to the rank of Musician and posted
onboard HMS Superb for a period of eighteen months and the first of
his seven ships.
1918, Musician Black gained his first stripe and advanced to LCpl, before
making it to BCpl and promotion on 1st July 1919. BCpl Black was then
posted onboard the training ship HMS Caernarfon for almost two years.
While he was in this post, he was rewarded for his efforts during war,
he collected £29 in war gratuities, then on 1st November 1920,
Arthur was awarded the ‘1914-15 Star’.. the campaign medal
of the British Empire which was awarded to officers and men of British
and Imperial forces who served in any theatre of the First World War
against the Central European Powers. It was followed soon after with
the receiving of his British War and Victory Medals, the three medals
were affectionately known as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.
C Black sadly died on 27th November 1941 aged 47, he passed away at
Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood, Middlesex. At the time of his death,
Arthur and Daisy were living at 7 Wicor Mill Lane in Portchester.