Service no. 44089
Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles; formerly 5973, London Regiment
Died of wounds on 25 June 1918, age 28
CWGC: “Son of Arthur and Nellie Blacker, of London; husband of Charlotte Blacker, of 50 Shillington Street, Battersea, London.”
Remembered at Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery
Information from the censuses
In 1901 Arthur Edward Blacker was living with his famiy in 3 rooms at 7 Lithgow Street, Battersea (this street is no longer in existence). He is still living there in the 1911 census. His father, also called Arthur, was born 1862, was born in Wandsworth and was employed as a general builder’s labourer. His mother, Ellen H. Blacker (also known as Nellie), born 1865, was also from Wandsworth. There were 3 children on the 1911 census, all born in Battersea:
Ellen Eliza, Blacker, born 1886
Arthur Edwards Blacker, born 1890, a biscuit factory worker
Lilian Edwards Blacker, born 1901
The 1911 census states that there had been 9 children, 4 of whom had died.
The 1901 census includes, in addition,
Florence Blacker, born 1894
Annie Blacker, born 1895
In 1911 Ellen’s brother, George Fry, 34 and married, who worked in a print house, was visiting.
Additionally, a member of the Blacker family tells me that Arthur’s other brother and sisters were:
James George 1896-1897
Violet Ivy 1903-1905
Arthur and his wife Charlotte had at least two children, both born in Battersea:
Frederick G. A. Blacker, born 1916
Ivy L. Blacker, born 1918
Arthur was baptised on 21 February 1890 in Saint Mary’s Church, Battersea, Wandsworth. At the time, he was living at 13 Harroway Road, Battersea.