CHAMBERLAIN, ALFRED 15088 Private 24th Battalion 22nd Brigade 7th Division

THE MANCHESTER REGIMENT

Born Leyland  Enlisted Oldham  Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  12th May 1916

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War , 1914-1919’, Part 59.

Alfred Chamberlain’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Alfred Chamberlain is buried in the:-

CITADEL NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, FRICOURT, FRANCE

Grave Ref: Plot II  Row A  Grave 15

Aged 34, the son of Christopher and Elizabeth Chamberlain of 7 Newsome Street, Leyland, Preston, Lancs.

Fricourt is 5 km east of Albert.

The 24th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment was not involved in any major engagement at the time of Pte Chamberlain’s death. However, his place of burial indicates that they were in the line somewhere on the Somme close to Albert, in the period leading up to the Battle of the Somme.

Captain James’s ‘Record’ shows that the 7th Division, of which the 24th Manchesters was a part, took part in five major engagements between 1st July and 6th September 1916.

Note 1: I have found no newspaper reports of Alfred Chamberlain’s death.

Note 2: The 24th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment was a ‘Service’ and ‘Pioneer’ Battalion: they were also known as the 24th (Oldham) Battalion, being raised at Oldham on the 24th October 1914 by the Mayor and town.

Chamberlain, Alfred. WE Waring  2003