Military hero Sir Arthur 'deserves place' in Torbay's Hall of Fame

Torbay Weekly

For the famous names who have graced Torbay with their presence add the name of Sir Arthur Thomas Sloggett - thanks to some pain-staking research from a Paignton property owner.

Torbay Civic Society chairman  Ian Handford is the expert when revealing how some of he world's most famous people have lived in the Bay.

His series on Blue Plaques - which are displayed at the former homes of the well-known - is one of the most popular features in the Torbay Weekly.

It was a recent article on Oliver Heavisides, the English mathematician and physicist who lived in Torquay, that prompted Alan Hawkins to make contact.

Alan, who lives in Stratford upon Avon, revealed: "In 2015 after buying the perfect holiday flat in Cleveland Road, Paignton, I noticed the unusual name of Sloggett on the lease details from a previous owner."

After some investigation - which led to two years of researching to find  more details -  Alan found out about Sir Arthur who lived in the property before its conversion into flats.

The house is a large semi detected villa with brilliant views over Paignton harbour, Torquay, Thatcher Rock and out to open sea.

Alan said: "I'm sure every generation of Sloggetts enjoyed the time they had living there."

He added: "It seems Sir Arthur was a Lieutenant General and later Director General of medical services in 1914 and asked to take over coordination of medical supplies to the front line which when developed saved tens of thousands of lives. He was also credited with the introduction of helmets for men fighting in the trenches.
"In 1896 he saw active service in the Mahdist war and was dangerously wounded when his horse was shot from under him and he was shot through the chest

"He also served as honorary doctor to the King, and in 1915 was awarded Legion of Honour and made a Knight of the Order of the Bath, and was invested as a knight commander amongst many other honours. "

Sir Arthur died suddenly in 1929. Alan says: "I'm sure he deserves a mention in the paper or maybe even a blue plaque on the house."

Over to you, Mr Handford.