AIRY, Arthur Langton

1876 - 1915

Born at Kidbrook, Blackheath, Kent on 3 May 1876, youngest and third child and only son of Dr Hubert Airy, MD.(1838-1903) and his wife Susan Cecilia née Langton (1837-1924), who married at Cockermouth, Cumbria in 1872; and grandson of Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-1892), Astronomer Royal from 1831 until 1881. Educated at Eaton House School, Aldeburgh, Suffolk where he was boarding in 1891 after which he studied art at the Herkomer Art School at Bushey, Hertfordshire but by 1900 was living with his parents at Stoke House, Church Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk. In 1900 he joined the army but in 1903, on the death of his father at Woodbridge, he retired with the rank of lieutenant and in the same year married at Easton, Suffolk, Grace, youngest child of Revd William Wood, rector of Easton. In 1911 an artist painter living at South Lodge, Broadwater Road, Worthing, Sussex with his 33 year old wife and children, Hubert Arthur (1904-1992) and Jack Langton (1906-1970), both born at Battersea, London. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1899-1912, he also exhibited at the Royal Academy 1904-1910 from Woodbridge in 1904, London 1907 and Worthing, Sussex in 1910. At the outbreak of the First World War he re-enlisted in the army, joining the Northampton Regiment and was killed in action at the battle of Cuinchy, France on 11 January 1915 and buried in the Le Touret Memorial in France.