Alfred Priestley (c.1896-1916)

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Alfred Priestley (c.1896-1916)

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

PRIESTLEY, ALFRED. Private. No 19871. 'B' Company, 16th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Born Marsden. Son of Herbert W. Priestley and Mrs S. E. Priestley, Station Road, Shepley. Was a student in the designing department at Huddersfield Technical College. Educated St. Paul's School and was a member of Shepley Liberal Club. Enlisted with some college friends in January, 1915. Embarked for France in December, 1915. Killed in the attack on Mametz Wood during the Battle of Somme on 11.7.1916, aged 20 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His pal, Lance Corporal Matthews, wrote to the family 'that a German high explosive shell burst over Alfred and his companions, killing four and wounding eight. Death in Alfred's case was instantenous.'
ROH:- Shepley War Memorial.

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