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Name Hubert Arthur Belcham
Date/Place of Birth 3 Oct 1885 / 8 Park St, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Parents' Names Francis William; Mary Ann (nee Witney)
Father's Occupation/Location Cab Proprietor and Collector; Southend
Father's Death/Incapacity Insane
Admitted to AO 19 Aug 1892 (Aged 6)
Admission No 4813
Left OWS&AO 19 Dec 1899 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence [1911C] French Polisher and Fitter; 8 Park St., Southend-on-Sea
Enlistment Location Maidstone, Kent
Service/Rank/Number Army; Private; 33685
Battalion/Regiment “D” Coy, 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regt
Killed/Death 19 Oct 1917 (Aged 32)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Fauborg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras
Memorial Reference VI.A.12
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Hubert Arthur was born to Francis and Mary Belcham on 3 October 1885 at Southend-on-Sea, Essex. He was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage in August 1892, aged 6. He left the Orphan Working School in December 1899, when he was fourteen. The 1911 Census gives his occupation as a French Polisher and Fitter, living in Southend. Hubert enlisted, at Maidstone, Kent, and was assigned to “D” Company, 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Private Belcham died of wounds in the Nord-Pas-de Calais area of France on 19 October 1917. He is buried in the Fauborg D’Amiens Cemetery, at Arras, along with more than 2,600 Commonwealth casualties of the War. His death is also commemorated on a Memorial at St. John the Baptist Church, Southend-on-Sea, with the following inscription: “Son of Mary Ann Belcham of 9, Chelmsford Avenue, Southend on Sea and the late Francis William Belcham”.
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