Alfred WILD
Rank: Private
Number: 11698
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 2 November 1915
Age: 28
Cemetery: Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue, Pas de Calais, France

Regimental records, published after the War, indicate that Alfred had been born in the parish of St Paul's C of E Church, Portwood, Stockport and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records his age as 28. However, it has not been possible to find, through family history websites, the local birth of a boy called Alfred around 1887. Similarly, no record has been found of anyone of the right age living in Stockport at the time of the 1901 Census.

Alfred's service number indicates he enlisted in August 1914, within a couple of weeks of War being declared. After training, he will have gone overseas in mid-July 1915.

Alfred was killed in action, but the Battalion's War Diary makes no reference to casualties on 2 November.  It was a very quiet day along the front line in Northern France and it cannot be known how Alfred died - perhaps a sniper or artillery shrapnel. There had been heavy rain for some while and the trenches were in constant need of repair to prevent them falling in. No doubt in an attempt to relieve the boredom (and to unsettle the enemy), a patrol went out into No Man's Land when it was dark. They got within 15 feet of the German barbed wire, where they put up a board. It invited the Germans to come across in groups of three and surrender. It would seem none took up the offer

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