Alfred Theodore Withey

Memorial: Hanham - High Street

Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Silver War Badge, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 27735

Parents: Alfred and Eliza Withey (nee Hare)

Marital status: Married

Home address: Mount Hill, Kingswood, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Coachman

Date of birth: 1889

Place of birth: Bath

Date of death: 23/10/1917

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium and commemorated at Kingswood Holy Trinity Memorial

Age: 28

Further information:

Alfred joined the 14th (Service) Battalion, Glosters in 1916, whilst one of his brothers joined the Worcesters, and his battalion embarked for France in January of 1916 where they fought in various battles on the Western Front including the Battles of the Somme and the German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line in the Spring of 1917. During this period, Alfred suffered from two bouts of foot disease, which was rife in the trenches, that required hospital treatment.

Alfred lost his life in the Second Battle of Passchendaele (26 Oct 1917 – 10 Nov 1917). It was the final attack during the Third Battle of Ypres and resulted in 30,600 allied casualties. Alfred was severely wounded whilst giving first aid to a wounded comrade and died of his wounds shortly afterwards. Dozinghem Cemetery where he is buried was located near the 4th, 47th and 61st Casualty Clearing Stations.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
Kingswood Heritage Museum