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  Alfred Wallis 

Private, TR/10/182728
51st Bn Royal Sussex Regiment (1)
Died, 12/11/1918 aged 18

Buried in St Peter & St Paul's Churchyard, Ewhurst

Remembered on :
Ewhurst War Memorial,  Memorial Plaque and Book of Remembrance




ALFRED WALLIS was born in Ewhurst in September 1900, the son of William & Mary Wallis of 4 Hazelbank Cottages, Ewhurst(2). On call up, he attested for service on 9th July 1918, gave his occupation as 'sawyer' and was medically graded B1. He was posted to the Royal Sussex Regiment, to join the 53rd (Young Soldiers) Battalion for training (3). Alfred was very slight in stature, being 5ft 5inches tall and weighing just 96lbs, with a 31inch chest (expansion 2 inches).

According to the Ewhurst Book of Remembrance, Alfred died in hospital in Thetford on the 12th November 1918, one day after the armistice, aged 18. His unit, the 51st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, were serving on home duties with the 191st (2nd Seaforth & Cameron) Brigade of the 64th (2nd Highland) Division, which it had joined in February 1918. Judging by his number, it is likely that Alfred was still in training when he died (the prefix TR indicating Training Reserve).

Alfred is incorrectly noted as a member of the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment on the Ewhurst War Memorial.

(1) Soldiers Died in the Great War
(2) William mentioned in the 1914 Electoral Role.
Surrey Recruitment Register


Andrew Bailey, Ewhurst, Surrey