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Arthur, born in Birmingham in 1873, was the 7th of Bernard and Eliza Deeley’s thirteen children. When he enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 9th January 1895 he was said to be 5ft 4¼ins tall; weighed 121lbs; had a fresh complexion; grey eyes and brown hair. He was posted to Malta on 20th November 1895, then to Egypt on 21st January 1897 and India on 18th October 1898. He served at home from 1st December 1899 to 8th January 1907.
In 1900 Arthur twice forfeited pay due to absence without leave and then on 27th May 1901 he deserted, returning on 3rd August that year. He was tried for desertion and was found not guilty, but guilty of being absent without leave and imprisoned for 35 days. He continued to serve until he was discharged in January 1907 but enlisted in the Reserve in July.
Arthur married Hannah Eliza Palin, in Bromley, on 13th April 1903; their son Joseph Arthur Isaac was born a year later. When war was declared he re-enlisted on 26th August 1914, transferring to the Royal Flying Corps on 19th July 1917. Arthur died of influenza, in France, on 3rd March 1919. His widow was awarded £2 10s per week pension.
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