Alfred Preston

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Sergeant

Service No:           235032

Unit:                     12th Battalion Middlesex Regiment

 

 

Alfred was born in St George Bristol. As yet it cannot be established in which year nor any firm details of kin.

He originally served in the 3rd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment with the service number 5513.

12th (Service) Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own) was raised at Mill Hill in August 1914 as part of Kitchener's Second New Army and joined 54th Brigade, 18th (Eastern) Division. They moved to Colchester for training, undertaking final training at Codford, on Salisbury Plain from May 1915. They proceeded to France on the 26th of July 1915 landing at Le Havre, the division concentrated near Flesselles. In 1916 they were in action on The Somme in The Battle of Albert capturing their objectives near Montauban, The Battle of Bazentin Ridge including the capture of Trones Wood, The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of Thiepval Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights playing a part in the capture of the Schwaben Redoubt and Regina Trench and The Battle of the Ancre. In 1917 they took part in the Operations on the Ancre including Miraumont and the capture of Irles, the fought during The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line and in The Third Battle of the Scarpe before moving to Flanders. They were in action in The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of Langemarck and The First and Second Battle of Passchendaele. On the 13th of February 1918 the 12th Middlesex was disbanded in France as the army was reorganised.

Sergeant Alfred Preston was killed in action on 16th August 1917, he has no known grave and is Remembered with Honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Image from the D R Crew Collection

Alfred was entitled to the British War Medal & The Victory Medal.


References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Soldiers Died in the Great War

The Wartime Memories Project