Alfred YARWOOD
Rank: Private
Number: 29591
Unit: 2nd Battalion SOUTH WALES BORDERERS
Date of Death: 3 December 1917
Age: 19
Cemetery: Cambrai Memorial, Louveral, Pas de Calais, France

The Yarwood family moved around quite a bit, living in Glossop and Ashton under Lyne before coming to Stockport in the late 1880s. They were still in the area ten years later when Alfred was born but, in 1901, when the national census was taken, the family had again moved to 97 Carr Hill Road Mossley.

Alfred has a relatively low service number, suggesting that he enlisted under the regulation age of 18. However, his medal entitlement records at the National Archives do not mention the date he first went abroad - however he was not entitled to the 1915 Star, confirming that he went abroad after the beginning of 1916- no doubt when he was 18.

The positions held by the Borderers had been attacked by the Germans on 30 November and the Tommies had been forced to retreat to set up a new front line. There were further German attacks on the 1st. The second was a relatively quiet day although the men came under fire from enemy trench mortars.

On the morning of the 3rd, the Germans again took up the attack. They shelled the British line from about 9am until 11am, when the infantry attacked in large numbers, overwhelming the troops in the front line trench. At this point, the German barrage lifted and retargetted to fall on the support line. The troops here were able to maintain a steady fire on the Germans preventing them form advancing even further. In the early afternoon, the shelling of the Borderers positions resumed and there was heavy machine gun fire sweeping the trench line. There were many casualties at this point. Later in the day, the Battalion was relieved from the position and went into billets. Alfred and another local man, Joseph Prince, were amongst the dead and missing. Both were posted as missing and nothing was ever heard of either man again.

In the early 1920s, Mr & Mrs Yarwood had again moved and were now at 88 Gorton Road, Reddish. As well as his commemoration on the Stockport War Memorial, Alfred is probably the A Yarwood commemorated on the War Memorial at North Reddish Junior School.

   
           
   
     
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