Alfred John King

Name

Alfred John King
1894

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

14/10/1916
22

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
36372
Princess Charlotte of Wales’ (Royal Berkshire) Regiment
6th Bn. & previously Hertfordshire Regiment.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

CODICOTE (ST. GILES) CHURCHYARD
United Kingdom

Headstone

>REST IN THE LORD WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM

UK Memorials

Ayot St Peter Memorial, Roll of Honour, St Peter's Church, Ayot St Peter, Church Roll of Honour St Giles Church, Codicote, Codicote Village Memorial

Pre War

Alfred John King was born in Arlesey, Beds in 1894 the son of William and Mary King.


On the 1901 Census the family were living in the Old Yard, Arlesley where his father was a horse keeper on a farm. By 1911 they had moved to Ayot Green, Welwyn and Alfred was working as a houseboy.


His parents later lived at High Street, Welwyn and 32 London Road, Welwyn.

Wartime Service

He enlisted in Hertford in December 1914 and initially served in the Hertfordshire Regiment under reg. no. 4195, later transferring to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. After his training he served on various important duties with his unit until July 1916 when he was drafted to the Western Front. He died at the Military Hospital in East Dulwich from pneumonia and wounds received in action at Thiepval.


(N.B. The National Roll of the Great War states that he was sent to the Western Front and died from wounds received at Thiepval, however some other sources suggest he spent his service 'at home' in the UK)

Additional Information

His mother, Mrs M J King of 32 London Road, Welwyn, Herts. ordered his headstone inscription: "REST IN THE LORD WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM" His parents received a war gratuity of £8 10s and his pay owing of £4 2s 8d. His father received a pension of 5 shillings a week from 16 November 1917. N.B. On the 1911 Census James Wigmore was a Boarder with the King family. He died in 1917 and is also named on the Ayot St Peter Memorial.

Acknowledgments

Brenda Palmer
June Colegrove, www.ayotstpeter.com