Thank you to Jane Anthony for the following research.
Alfred John was born in Mortimer Berkshire in about 1891, the son of gardener Alfred and Emily Hunt. In 1901 the family were living in Berkshire and Alfred snr. is working as a horse carter on an estate.
By 1911 Alfred John is living as a boarder with the Voice family in Capel with the estate Bailiff and working as a cowman.
Alfred enlisted at Guildford in the 1st Battalion of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. His residence is given as Dorking. The first battalion of the Queens Own Royal West Surrey’s was one of the first to go to France in August 1914.
Alfred died of his wounds on the 11th of May 1916 aged 26 years. He is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France. For much of the First World War, Bethune was comparatively free from bombardment and remained an important railway and hospital centre, as well as a corps and divisional headquarters. The 33rd Casualty Clearing Station was in the town until December 1917. At the time of his death his parents’ residence is given as West Lodge, Midgham, near Reading, where he is also commemorated on the war memorial.
Born Mortimer, Berkshire
Son of Alfred and Emily Hunt of West Lodge, Midgham, Reading
Regiment 1st Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Date of Death 11th May 1916
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Died of Wounds
Cemetery Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais