Alfred Head

Name

Alfred Head

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

11/07/1918
19

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Corporal
12524
King’s Royal Rifle Corps
11th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE
VIII. A. 6.
France

UK Memorials

Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross

Pre War

Born in 1899 and baptised on 14 Dec 1899 Holy Trinity, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire son of Alfred Robert and Alice Head later of 68 Tunwell, Ware. In 1901 he was living in Sawbridgeworth and in 1911 in Paper Mill Lane, Standon. Alfred was originally from Spellbrook near Sawbridgeworth. By the end of the war his family had moved to Tonwell near Ware.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford in May 1915 and became Lance Corporal in June 1917. In January 1917, he was fined 2 days' pay for losing, by neglect, his spoon, comb and shaving brush. In August 1917, he was wounded and on the 11th of September he was granted 10 days furlough, and returned home to Bush Wood Cott in Much Hadham. At the end of March 1918, the K.R.R.C. were fighting a rear-guard action and suffered over 200 casualties. It was during this time that Alfred was reported missing. He had been captured and taken to Stendal prisoner of war camp. It was at the Stendal camp hospital that he died of pneumonia in July 1918. He was first buried in Colmar Communal Cemetery, which was in the Alsace, then under German jurisdiction and was buried in Colmar but subsequently reburied in Wimille, France on the 26th July 1963.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)