VAD Arthur Carradice

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Arthur Carradice

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Arthur Carradice was born during the first quarter of 1883, his birth registered in Bradford. He was the second of six children born to William, a wool sorter from Wilsden and Elizabeth Carradice nee Feather, from Keighley.

In 1891 the family lived at 65 Sandbeds, Wilsden and consisted of William and Elizabeth, Annie (10), Arthur (8), Robert, (5), Florrie (2) and Dinah Ann (6 months).

In 1901 they had moved to 11 Brown Hill, Cullingworth. Annie was working as a worsted twister, Arthur a bobbin sorter, Robert an apprentice tailor and Florrie a worsted spinner. They had been joined by another sibling, Herbert, who was 5 years old.

The Carradice family on the 1901 census

By 1911 Arthur had married to a lady called Florence from Stourport in Worcester, though I have not located a marriage record and don't know her maiden name. The census is a little confusing. Arthur was at 12 Beatrice Street in Oxenhope and working as a spinning overlooker. He had written on the census document that he had been married 11 years, although on the 1901 census he was single. His wife is shown as being at the home of Arthur's siblings on Crompton Terrace, Fell Lane and named as 'Mrs Arthur Carradice'. She had written that she had been married for four years. They also had a son, William Harold, who was born in 1908 and was with Florence. Arthur's parents had emigrated to Philadelphia in the USA with their daughter Annie and her family, as well as their son Robert.

Arthur worked as a VAD from May 1916 until May 1919, based out of Morton Banks War Hospital, involved in hospital convoys as well as air raid work.

Electoral registers show Arthur and Florence living at 12 Beatrice Street right up to 1957, which was the year that Florence died, in Keighley.

The electoral register for 1926

I haven't located them on the 1939 Register, though their son, William and his wife Dorothy were at 21 Manor Gardens in Scarborough at this time.

Arthur died on 12th March 1960 at St. Mary's Hospital in Scarborough, his address given as 21 Manor Gardens, so I assume he had gone to live with William after Florence's death.


England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962

England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

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