Private 11424 Alfred Partridge

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Died of Wounds on Sunday, 25th June 1916, age unknown.
Buried in Grave I. D. 11. at Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, Pas De Calais, France.

11th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 112th Brigade of 37th Division.

Son of Thomas and Phoebe Partridge, of 3 Dale Street, Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Great Bridge, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 31st July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/91551/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
3 Dale Street, Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Partridge (43, Packer - Galvanising, born Tipton), his wife Phoebe (43, born Tipton), and their 6 children: John (18, Imbecile, born Tipton) Annie (13, born Tipton) Noah (11, born Tipton) Frederick (9, born Tipton) Alfred (7, born Tipton) Abergele (3, born Tipton).

1911 Census
3 Dale Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Phoebe Partridge (53, Widow, born Tipton), and 5 of her 9 surviving children of 13: Noah (20, Forge Labourer, born Tipton), Frederick (18, Forge Labourer, born Tipton), Alfred (16, General Labourer, born Tipton), Abergele (13, born Tipton), and Gladys (10, born Tipton).

Personal Data

By July 1916, Alfred had 3 brothers serving in France. Alfred's elder brother Noah had enrolled at Birmingham in the Royal Field Artillery (No. 65255) on January 19th 1915, when he was 24 years old and recorded as a Galvaniser. He transferred to the 1st Bn. Royal Fusiliers (No. G/15649) on 22nd February 1916. Noah was wounded, and subsequently discharged from the Army on 1st March 1917, being awarded a 6 months (conditional) pension of 12/6 per week.
Frederick enrolled at Wolverhampton on 26th August 1915 in the RAMC (no. 9574), he was 21 years old and recorded as a Labourer. On 16th October 1914 he was discharged as "not likely to become an efficient soldier".
The third brother cannot be traced.

After Alfred's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/13/9d (2 pounds, 13 shillings and 9 pence), this was paid in September and November 1916 to his mother, Phoebe, and to siblings William and Gladys. His War Gratuity was £4/10/0d (4 pounds and 10 shillings), this was paid to his mother in September 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Alfred had enlisted in approximately April 1915.

Action resulting in his death

In June 1916 the 11th Royal Warwicks were to the north of Gommecourt which was the furthest northern extent of the Somme attack of 1st July. They were to provide support to the 46th (North Midlands) Division in their diversionary, and costly, attack at Gommecourt.

On 25th June, the 37th Division began an artillery campaign which inevitably resulted in German reprisals. It may well have been that Alf Partridge's wounds were a result of this action. Private Partridge is buried at Warlincourt Halte Cemetery at Saulty, some 8 miles to the north west of Gommecourt.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 8th July 1916
The death is reported in action of Private Alfred Partridge, of No.3 Dale Street, Toll End, Tipton, who belongs to an old Great Bridge family. Private Partridge enlisted 18 months ago, and he was wounded in France in the big push on the 25th of June, succumbing to his injuries the next day. He was a single man, age 22 years, and he has three more brothers serving in France.

Tipton Herald 22nd July 1916
Private A. Partridge of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Tipton) has been officially reported killed in the great advance beginning July 1st.
Editor: This is not strictly accurate as he was killed a week earlier on June 25th.