Alfred Court service number 1293

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Alfred Court service number 1293

Postby SI,H » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:56 pm

Can anyone tell me anything more about this gent Alfred Court 1293, particularly the circumstances regarding his death, and any details of his family date of birth and place of birth.death date is listed as 10th May 1915 , many thanks
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Re: Alfred Court service number 1293

Postby peter » Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:25 pm

Pte. 1293 Alfred Court served with1/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, to France 1.4.15 (S.S. Invicta).

Extracts from Stacke (The Worcestershire Regiment in the Great War)

Meanwhile in England the danger of invasion was no longer considered so menacing as in, 1914; for the New Armies were in being. It became possible to release the Territorial Divisions from home defence, and to despatch them to the active service overseas for which they had volunteered.
On March 29th the move of the South Midland Division to France began. The transport Battalions of the 144th Brigade left Maldon East by train for Southampton in the early hours of March 30th, and on the following evening (March 31st) the l/7th and l/8th Worcestershire " followed the other two battalions of their Brigade down to Maldon East Station and entrained for the front. The two Worcestershire battalions embarked at Folkestone after dark, reached Boulogne in the middle of the night and then marched three miles to camp.
On the afternoon of April 1st the two Battalions entrained at Pont de Briques Station, meeting there the transport, which had been landed at Havre.
The troop trains carried the two Battalions to Cassel, where the South Midland Division was being concentrated. After detraining at Bavinchove Station at 3 a.m. on April 2nd the Battalionsmarched to their allotted billets, the l/7th Battalion at Hardifort and the 1/8th at Terdeghem.


On April 21st the two Worcestershire battalions changed over, the l/8th relieving the l/7th.
On April 25th the battalions again changed over, the l/8th moving back to billets in Ploegsteert village. Two days later orders were received for the Brigade to shift its position somewhat to the right. The shift was affected by moving the l/7th Worcestershire from the left to the right of the Brigade front, and on April 30th the Battalion took over the trenches immediately south of the River Warnave. The l/8th Worcestershire relieved the sister Battalion in those trenches on the last day of April. Thenceforward for some two months the two Battalions held alternately that same line of trenches.
When out of the line the two Battalions were billeted either in Brigade reserve at Ploegsteert
or in Divisional reserve at Pont de Nieppe.

His Medal Index Card and 1914-15 Star Roll state that he drowned.

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Re: Alfred Court service number 1293

Postby SI,H » Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:24 pm

Thank you so much
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