A. Harding

HARDING, Arthur
Private 28488,
18th Battalion, Welsh Regiment

Born - Nelson, Glam
Enlisted - Treharris, Glam
Residence - Nelson, Glam
Died - 9th October 1916 Western Front
Killed in action - aged 20 yrs

Buried at Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay, South of Bethune France.
Grave I.H.17

Arthur Harding

Maroc British cemetery, Grenay photo

The Harding family originally came from the Welshpool area of Mid Wales.

Arthur’s father, John was born at Derwent, Welshpool in around 1872 while John’s wife Emily Priscilla was born in Guilsfield and was three years older than her husband.
John came to the South Wales area as many did, to work in the coal mines. He was a coal hewer.

They had three children:

Jennet - was born in about 1890 in Guilsfield, Welshpool while her younger brothers, Herbert and Arthur were born in Nelson in 1894 and 1897.

The family made their home at:

14, Thomas Street, Nelson, Glamorgan

Arthur’s father was killed in a coal mining accident. After John’s death, Emily re-married a John Daunton who was four years her elder. He already had childen from a previous marriage and brought them with him to reside at Thomas Street. Their names were John, Walter, Florrie and Gladys.

NOTE: There is information that shows that in 1901, the Harding family were living at 33, Commercial Street, Nelson. I have spoken to a niece of Arthur Harding who states that the family did not reside in Commercial Street, but went straight to the Thomas Street address when they came from the Welshpool area.

News:

October 28th 1916.

Killed in action.

We regret to announce that Private Arthur Harding, 28488, 18th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, son of Mrs Emily Daunton, 14 Thomas Street, Nelson was killed in action on 9th October 1916 in France.
The sad news reached Nelson on Sunday morning accompanied by a letter from an officer at the front. Deceased who was only 20 years old had enlisted in September 1915 and had been at the front since last May.
Prior to enlistment he had worked in Penallta Colliery.

[Source: Merthyr Express]

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