Private Alfred Langston

Thank you to Jane Anthony for the following research.

Alfred was born in about 1882 when the family were living in Plymouth and was the second son. In 1891 he was living in Peckham with the rest of the family, but by 1901 he could not be traced. In 1911 he had moved again and was lodging with the Willis family in Clapham. He was a boot maker as was the head of the Willis household and they used the family home as a workshop.

Alfred was a member of the British Expeditionary Force and being the Royal Fusiliers must have been in the Territorial Army prior to the start of the war. He was deployed to the front at a very early stage. He died aged 32 at the 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, on 5th November 1914 and was buried at the Burngreave Cemetery. His effects were left to Mrs Doris Busby, of whom no trace can be found.

The Langston family certainly moved around to various parts of the country at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Their father Charles Bradby Langston was born in Wantage Berkshire and his wife Clara in Reading. At various times they lived in Plymouth, Ipswich, Stoke Newington, Peckham and Holmwood. However as far as can be determined they did not live in Wokingham, although it is fairly close to Reading where Clara was born. Charles Bradby made a living as a salesman selling both dried fruits and tea at various times. There were seven children in the family of whom 6 were living in 1911. At that time they were living at Fernhurst in Holmwood their eldest daughter Constance was also living in South Holmwood with her husband Alfred Bourne, who earned his living repairing shoes. They had married in 1908 and the wedding was registered in Wokingham, although Bourne originated from Sussex, this is the only connection that can be traced to this area.

The Langston family undoubtedly had connections to South Holmwood through their parents and sister although it is unlikely that either of the brothers actually lived in South Holmwood or Dorking. Why Charles William is on the memorial for South Holmwood and Alfred on Dorking is will probably never be known.


Born Plymouth
Son of Charles Bradby and Clara J. Langston of Holmwood, Surrey
Brother of Private Charles William Langston
Regiment 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Number L/8019
Date of Death 5th November 1914
Place of Death England
Cause of Death Died of Wounds
Cemetery Sheffield (Burngreave) Cemetery
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