Arthur Few


Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) 3922 1st& 3rd Battalions
Labour Corps 375904 759 Area Employment Corps
Royal Engineers 605890  


Simon Johnson

Arthur Few was born at Devizes in Wiltshire in 1877. He was the second of the eleven children of George Few and Mary Bailey, with two brothers and eight sisters.

Arthur was raised at Devizes, where his father worked as a blacksmith. No trace of Arthur has been located in census returns for 1901, and he is not to be confused with another Devizes-born Arthur Edward Few, who served with the Royal Horse Guards regiment of the Household Cavalry from 1900 to 1912. By 1911 it is known that Arthur and his brother Herbert Few were living in the town of Aberdare in South Wales. Herbert was married, whilst Arthur was in lodgings and was working as a haulier in a coal mine. Also by 1911, Arthur’s older sister Annie Kate Keene had moved to the outskirts of the parish of Crich and was living at Canal Side at Ambergate with her husband and two daughters. At the time of joining the army in 1914, Arthur was employed at the wire works of Richard Johnson and Nephew Ltd at Ambergate, so possibly he was living with his sister at Ambergate.

Arthur’s service records have not survived, though references to his service with the Sherwood Foresters, (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) survive in the archives of the WFR Museum (Sherwood Foresters Collection). At the time of joining up, Arthur was attached to the 1/5th Battalion of the Territorial Force. The index card produced to show Arthur’s medal entitlement shows that he entered France with the Sherwoods in December 1914. During his service with the Sherwoods he spent time with both the 1st and the 3rd Battalions and latterly held the rank of Acting Sergeant. He is known to have been wounded in action in July 1915. In September 1917 Arthur was transferred to the 759th Area Employment Corps (Labour Corps) and held the rank of Sergeant. He was latterly transferred to the Royal Engineers. Arthur was awarded the Victory Medal, British War Medal, and the 1915 Star.

After being discharged from the army, Arthur appears to have lived with his sister and her family at Canal Side at Ambergate and was employed as a general labourer, perhaps returning to his employment at the wire works. He was unmarried and had no children.

Arthur Few passed away at Ambergate on 22 August 1924, aged forty-seven years.


Medal Roll Index Card
Arthur was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals.
He entered France 11 December 1914.
With the Notts & Derby Regiment he was Acting Sergeant then with the Labour Corps he was a Sergeant.

Sherwood Foresters Record
Shown in 1st Battalion Roll book 1914-18
Embarked with Battalion on 17.12.14 and served with "A" company Entry in roll reads W.18.6.15 E.29.6.15

Shown in book "Digest of Service" 3rd Battalion 1914-18 (covers mid 1915 to mid 1916) in Regimental Archives as:-
Engagement was for S.R. - Served with K. Company
Posted to 1st Battalion 14.12.1915
Transferred to 759 Area Employment Corps (Labour Corps) 29.9.17

Derby and Chesterfield Recorder dated 23.7.1915 shows him on casualty list as was wounded.

Johnson & Nephew Roll of Honour

Arthur is recorded on the works' Roll of Honour.



1881: Devizes

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Few Head 32 Blacksmith Tinhead
Mary Few wife 29    
Arthur Few son 3   Devizes
Herbert Few son 2   Devizes
Fanny A Few daughter 6 mo   Devizes

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1891: Devizes

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Few Head 46 Blacksmith at foundrey Westbury
Mary Few wife 39   Westbury
Annie Kate Few daughter 15 Domestic servant Devizes
Arthur Few son 13 Scholar Devizes
Herbert Few son 12 Scholar Devizes
Fanny Few daughter 10 Scholar Devizes
Florence Few daughter 8 Scholar Devizes
Rosa Few daughter 6 Scholar Devizes
Harriett Few daughter 4   Westbury
William Few son 2   Westbury

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1911: Aberdare

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Arthur Few lodger 33 Collier hullier above ground Devizes

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