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55.ARTHUR LENNARD5 MUCKLESTON (EDWARD4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, EDWARD1) was born 29 Nov 1887 in Barking Essex, and died 1975 in Thurrock..He married ANNIE BENNETT 1906 in Romford, Greater London..She was born Abt. 1887 in London Limehouse, and died 1963 in Registered Thurrock Essex [aged 76].

Notes for ARTHUR LENNARD MUCKLESTON:

1901 census

RG13/1654/34

24 Queens Road, Barking, Essex

Edward MucklestonMarriedHead46Gas StokerHarlington Beds

Mary E MucklestonMarriedWife45Sileby Leics

George E Muckleston Unmarried Son17General LabourerEnderley Leics

William MucklestonUnmarried Son15Packer – GlassHornchurch Essex

Arthur L Muckleston Unmarried Son12Barking Essex

Emily M MucklestonUnmarried Daughter 6Barking Essex

Eva E MucklestonUnmarried Daughter 4Barking Essex

1911 census

2 Barletts Cottages, Back Street, Rainham, Essex (RG14PN9944)

Muckleston, ArthurHeadMarriedM23General Labourerb Essex Barking

Muckleston, AnnieWifeMarriedF24b London Limehouse

Muckleston, MarionDaughterF4b Essex Barking

Muckleston, LeonardSonM2b Essex Barking

Bennett, SamuelBoarderSingleM19General Labourerb Essex Plaistow

Years married 4 (Arthur & Annie)

Occupation - Mill Worker.

Nickname Ben.

A Gentleman Retires

(An article taken from "Thames Mills" Magazine. Purfleet November 1952. Sent by Micheal John Muckleston who is the grandson of Ben Muckleston - real name Arthur Lennard)

On the 29th of this month one more of the old guard retires. After 40 years of good and faithful service without even a small black mark, Mr Ben Muckleston, that prince of good fellows, takes his pension.

Ben began his service, 'way back in 1912, in the "Jetty Gang". Things were not so good in those days. You had to be rough, tough and willing. Quoting Ben, "We worked 12 hours a day manhandling almost everything that came into the works; no electric cranes or trucks, and, believe me, we did work". After that so I understand most chappies walked home; local buses were still things of the future. Ben himself walked to Rainham.

In spite of that, Ben maintains that life was happier in those days. Well he should know. For relaxation Ben swam across the river and also took a great interest in football. In 1914 when the country called, Ben was one of the first to volunteer*. With the first battalion, Royal Fusiliers, he fought on the bloody Ypres salient. After months of blood and horror, Jerry stopped him with a bullet. He lived to fight again in the Egyptian desert, Salonika, Greece and against the Bulgarians in the Italian Alps. He got around a bit didn't he? Of the present day army, Ben has some very definite views. He says "The British soldier will fight to the last breath, it's always been that way and always will be. But the boys of today need a bit more discipline and a lot of smartening up". Perhaps he is right, I wouldn't know; but I do know that he can still teach a lot of us to walk upright.

Still in the swim

War over, Ben returned to work in 1919. He was warmly congratulated by the late Mr T W Lockyer. As an outlet for his great strength Ben continued to swim the river and play football.

A family man, with a great respect for home life, his two sons inherited his love of justice and fought in Africa against Rommel, whilst Ben himself once again shouldered a bundhuk** in the home guard (Soldiers turn for rifle - comes from Urdu)

Because of his age Ben will be leaving us soon, although I am quite sure that he could still work a great many of us off our feet. The mill will lose a great personality. Never has he raised his voice against any man. His loyalty is unimpeachable. His willingness to help a lame dog over a stile is proverbial.

Quoting Ben, "I have enjoyed every day I have worked here". He feels pretty deeply about leaving and although his numerous hobbies will keep him well occupied during his retirement, his thoughts will always be with us.

*In WW1 Medal Rolls (assume this individual): Arthur Muckleston R Fus Pte 9818 V B TP/104B5 pg 430 S TP/54A pg 8. Theatre of war first fought in France Date of entry therein 2.5.15.

Arthur was the son of Edward Muckleston a gas stoker and his second wife Mary Elizabeth (nee Gamble). He was born on 29th November 1887 in Barking Essex, his father having been born in Bedfordshire. Arthur married Annie Bennett in 1906 at Romford Essex. Their first child Lennard was born on 25th November 1908 and their second son Stanley (Micheals father) on 21st December 1912. As indicated in the article above Arthur joined up at the outbreak of war, enlisting with the Royal Fusiliers at Grays Essex on 19th November 1914 and became Private 9818. He was living at 79 Toronto Road, Tilbury Dock, Essex at this time. He first went to France on 1st May 1915 but on 23rd September 1915 he received a Shell Wound in his forearm and was taken to a field causlaty station on 24th September. He was however deemed fit again on 30th September and he rejoined his regiment at Rouen. In 1916 Arthur first suffered the effects of Malaria brought on by the climatic conditions in Palonica. Between the 2nd and 17th July 1917 he suffered a bout of colic and just a few months later again he went down with Malaria being hospitalised between 14th October and 16th November. When he was discharged on the 9th June 1918 he was said to be suffering from the effects of Malaria and Dysentry. The army noted that he had frequent attacks and that his disability was likely to last 6 months.

After the war Arthur returened to the Mill and had two more daughters with Annie, Nora born in 1917 and Christina born in 1919. Annie passed away in Thurrock in 1963 aged 76, Arthur continued to reside in Thurrock and lived to the grand old age of 87 despite the ravages of War.

More About ARTHUR LENNARD MUCKLESTON:

Baptism: 1888

Occupation: Bet. 1912 - 1952, Mill Worker - Thames Mills

Notes for ANNIE BENNETT:

1911 census

2 Barletts Cottages, Back Street, Rainham, Essex (RG14PN9944)

Muckleston, ArthurHeadMarriedM23General Labourerb Essex Barking

Muckleston, AnnieWifeMarriedF24b London Limehouse

Muckleston, MarionDaughterF4b Essex Barking

Muckleston, LeonardSonM2b Essex Barking

Bennett, SamuelBoarderSingleM19General Labourerb Essex Plaistow

Years married 4 (Arthur & Annie)

Children of ARTHUR MUCKLESTON and ANNIE BENNETT are:

i.MARION PHYLLIS6 MUCKLESTON, b. 1906, Registered Romford; m. WALTER C PIDGEON, 1925, Registered Orsett.

Notes for MARION PHYLLIS MUCKLESTON:

1911 census

2 Barletts Cottages, Back Street, Rainham, Essex (RG14PN9944)

Muckleston, ArthurHeadMarriedM23General Labourerb Essex Barking

Muckleston, AnnieWifeMarriedF24b London Limehouse

Muckleston, MarionDaughterF4b Essex Barking

Muckleston, LeonardSonM2b Essex Barking

Bennett, SamuelBoarderSingleM19General Labourerb Essex Plaistow

Years married 4 (Arthur & Annie)

ii.LEONARD EDWARD B MUCKLESTON, b. 25 Nov 1908, Registered Romford; d. 27 May 1982, Regsitered Bolton; m. CONSTANCE FOWLER, 1946, Registered Bolton.

Notes for LEONARD EDWARD B MUCKLESTON:

1911 census

2 Barletts Cottages, Back Street, Rainham, Essex (RG14PN9944)

Muckleston, ArthurHeadMarriedM23General Labourerb Essex Barking

Muckleston, AnnieWifeMarriedF24b London Limehouse

Muckleston, MarionDaughterF4b Essex Barking

Muckleston, LeonardSonM2b Essex Barking

Bennett, SamuelBoarderSingleM19General Labourerb Essex Plaistow

Years married 4 (Arthur & Annie)

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LEONARD EDWARD BENJAMIN MUCKLESTON

Will Proved : 22nd April 1982

Index entry:-

1982

Muckleston Leonard Edward Benjamin

Muckleston Leonard Edward Benjamin of 40 Hawthorne Street Bolton died 27th May 1982 Probate Llandaff 22nd April Not exceeding £25000

Transcript of the Will:-

This is the last Will and testament of me Leonard Edward Benjamin Muckleston of 40 Hawthorne Street Deane Bolton in the county of Lancashire made this eleventh day of July one thousand nine hundred and fifty one and I hereby revoke all former Wills and Testamentary dispositions of any kind at any time heretofore made by me and I appoint my wife Constance Muckleston of 40 Hawthorne Street Deane Bolton (hereinafter called my Trustee) to be the executor and Trustee of this my Will. I give and bequeath all my real and personal estate whatsoever (including entailed property in possession) to my wife Constance Muckleston and appoint her sole executrix of this my Will. In witness whereof I the said Leonard Edward Benjamin Muckleston have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of July one thousand nine hundred and fifty one. -LEONARD EDWARD BENJAMIN MUCKLESTON- Signed by the said Leonard Edward Benjamin Muckleston in the presence of us both, being present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Mildred Fowler 5 Greenhill Avenue Deane Bolton Secretary Doris Mary Lord 4, Alice Street Deane Bolton Housewife.

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Leonard Edward Benjamin Muckleston

Born 25th November 1908 (Romford)

Married Constance Fowler 1946 (Bolton)

Died 27th May 1982 (Bolton)

106.iii.STANLEY WILLIAM MUCKLESTON, b. 21 Dec 1912, Romford Essex; d. 30 May 1986, Gravesend Kent.

iv.NORA W MUCKLESTON, b. 1917, Registered Orsett Essex; m. ARTHUR J PRYER, 1935, Registered Orsett Essex.

v.CHRISTINA ANNIE M. MUCKLESTON, b. 31 Aug 1919, Orsett, Essex.; d. 1994, Thurrock Essex; m. REGINALD C. WINGHAM, 1940, Thurrock; d. 1943, Thurrock Essex.

56.ARTHUR EDWARD5 MUCKLESTON (GEORGE4, DINAH3, EDWARD2, EDWARD1) was born 1865 in Toddington Beds, and died 29 Mar 1928 in Registered Hitchin Herts [Aged 63].He married ALICE EMMA NORMAN 18 Apr 1895 in Eversholt, Bedfordshire..She was born Abt. 1873 in Claydon, Beds, and died 1930 in Registered Hitchin Herts [Aged 56].

Notes for ARTHUR EDWARD MUCKLESTON:

1881 census

RG11

George Inn, High Street, Oxted, Surrey

George MucklestonMarriedHead45InnkeeperFlitwick Beds

Sarah MucklestonMarriedWife38Toddington Beds

Arthur MucklestonUnmarried Son18Toddington Beds

Frederick Muckleston Unmarried Son13ScholarToddington Beds

Albert MucklestonUnmarried Son10ScholarCroydon Surrey

James WinfieldUnmarried Lodger28Engine DriverCroydon Surrey

John BeachUnmarried Lodger34Railway LabourerSheffield Yorks

1891 census

RG12/1274

Long Lane Farm, Toddington, Bedfordshire

George MucklestonMarriedHead57FarmerFlitwick Beds

Sarah MucklestonMarriedWife50Toddington Beds

Arthur MucklestonSingleSon29FarmingToddington Beds

Frederick Muckleston SingleSon22FarmingToddington Beds

Albert MucklestonSingleSon20FarmingSurrey

Hannah MucklestonAunt74Own MeansWestoning Beds

1911 census reads....

Alma Farm, Toddington, Beds (RG14PN8953)

Muckleston, ArthurHeadMarriedM43Farmerb Toddington Beds

Muckleston, AliceWifeMarriedF38b Boltoph Claydon Bucks

Muckleston, PercySonSingleM15Farmers Son working on Farmb Eversholt Beds

Muckleston, CecilSonSingleM6Schoolb Eversholt Beds

Gurney, RoseVisitorSingleF25Nurse Domesticb Tingrith Beds

Years Married 16 (Arthur & Alice)

Birth surname Holmes. We have checked the BMD indexes from 1864 to 1869 incl and have found no birth of a Arthur Edward Holmes.

1901 Census reads

Town Farm, Eversholt, Beds

Arthur Muckleston, Head, 35, Farm Bailiff, born Toddington

Alice Muckleston, wife, 28, born Claydon (Beds?)

Percy Muckleston, son, 5 born Eversholt.

1914 Directory for Toddington reads:

Muckleston, Arthur, farmer, Alma Farm.

Occupation - Farmer.

Arthur Edward Muckleston was illegitimate. In his father's will, dated 1898, he was recorded as Arthur

Edward Holmes - his reputed son,

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ARTHUR EDWARD MUCKLESTON

Will Proved : 15th June 1928

Index entry:-

1928

Muckleston Arthur Edward

Muckleston Arthur Edward of Lilley Hoo Farm Lilley Hertfordshire died 29th March 1928 Probate London 15 June to Albert Ernest Muckleston Farmer. Effects £313 15s 6d.

Transcript of the will:-

This is the last will and testament of me Arthur Edward Muckleston of Lilley Hoo Farm Lilley in the county of Hertford made this twenty eighth day of March in the year of our lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty eight I appoint Alice Emma Muckleston and Albert Ernest Muckleston to be my executors to carry out the provisions of this my will and direct that all my debts and funeral expenses shall be paid as conveniently may be after my decease I bequeath unto my son Cecil Arthur Norman Muckleston my household furniture and two thirds of the value of my remaining estate I bequeath unto my son Percy William Muckleston one third of the value of my remaining estate all these bequests to be subject to my dear wife Alice Emma Muckleston receiving the benefit of my whole estate with use of household furniture during the term of her natural life - ARTHUR EDWARD MUCKLESTON X his mark - Signed by the said testator Arthur Edward Muckleston in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses - Lilian Mabel Nash - Albert Ernest Muckleston.

Affidavit of due execution filed.

Proved 15th June 1928.

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Arthur Edward Muckleston

Born circa 1865

Married Alice Emma Norman in 1895

Died 29th March 1928

Possibly born Arthur Edward Holmes the illegitimate son of George Muckleston (see will 20)

More About ARTHUR EDWARD MUCKLESTON:

Occupation: 1896, Farmer

Notes for ALICE EMMA NORMAN:

1901 Census reads

Town Farm, Eversholt, Beds

Arthur Muckleston, Head, 35, Farm Bailiff, born Toddington

Alice Muckleston, wife, 28, born Claydon (Beds?)

Percy Muckleston, son, 5 born Eversholt.

1911 census reads....

Alma Farm, Toddington, Beds (RG14PN8953)

Muckleston, ArthurHeadMarriedM43Farmerb Toddington Beds

Muckleston, AliceWifeMarriedF38b Boltoph Claydon Bucks

Muckleston, PercySonSingleM15Farmers Son working on Farmb Eversholt Beds

Muckleston, CecilSonSingleM6Schoolb Eversholt Beds

Gurney, RoseVisitorSingleF25Nurse Domesticb Tingrith Beds

Years Married 16 (Arthur & Alice)