Contributed by: Dave Noble, on 2008-11-13
|Year of Birth||1898|
|Year of Death||1970|
|Regiment||South Wales Borderers|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Manchester, Lancashire|
My grandfather, Arthur Ernest Higginson, was born in Manchester in 1898. He enlisted in October 1916 when he was 18 years old, with his brother Charlie. He served in the South Wales Borderers throughout the war on the western front until he was demobbed in 1919. A family story was that when he and Charlie were home on leave during the war they did their best to contract measles from their younger sister in order to prolong their leave at home.
They did their best to contract measles from their younger sister in order to prolong their leave at home.
I'm not sure what happened to Charlie, but my grandfather survived the war. I am led to believe he went on to serve in the Black and Tans in Ireland. He also went on to serve in the reserves, as a Lewis gunner in the East Lancashire Regiment in the 1920s and early 1930s. He worked for an engineering company in Trafford Park, Manchester, through the 1930s and 1940s. This was the British Trailer Company that built tank transports in World War II and which famously built Monty's trailer caravans, which were used through the North African and Western Europe campaigns in the same war.
My grandfather married in the 1920s, but lost his wife and two daughters to TB in the 1920s. His surviving daughter, Mary, my mother, survived to marry and have four grandchildren, which I am sure made my grandfather very proud. I have only vague memories of him as I was only six years old when he died in 1970. I never got the chance to show my appreciation to him for the sacrifice he made along with countless others.