GEE, Arthur

Private Arthur Gee
41419 4th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment
241162    2/6th & 5th Reserves Scottish Rifles (Cameronians)

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Photo:  Arthur Gee 1930s Jacksdale CC

Arthur born 14th September 1895 was the son of Richard Gee, a coal miner born Hasland, Chesterfield, Derbyshire in 1868 and his wife Mary Hannah (nee Barlow), born 1874 Somercotes, Derbyshire. In 1911 his parents were living at Rose Cottages, Franklin Road, Jacksdale with surviving children Arthur, Clara and Edith. The census also lists three other children who had not survived, Ellen, Fred and Richard.  His father Richard was employed as a coal miner contractor and Arthur was working as an office boy.

Arthur joined the 4th Btn, Sherwood Foresters in December 1915 and he was posted to Scotland as a military clerical worker. He was 20 years, 3 moths old when he attested and his height was given as 5’7″.  He served at home, in the UK for the duration of the war so was not awarded any campaign medals but nonetheless did important and necessary work for King and Country. He was discharged from the Army on 23rd January 1919.

On 21st November 1931, Arthur aged 27, married Lily (Lilian) Evelyn Key, a widow, aged 38 (daughter of Samuel Bonsall) at the Pye Hill Providence Chapel.  Lily and Arthur do not seem to have had any children of their own. Lily was the widow of Thomas Key, also named on the Jacksdale War Memorial as having served in WW1.

Arthur died in 1970, aged abt. 75 in the Nottingham District and his wife Lily died in 1980 in Chesterfield, aged abt. 86.