Private 12561 Alfred Pyatt

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Died of Wounds on Sunday, 27th August 1916, age 21.
Buried in Grave II. D. 11. at Couin British Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France.

2nd Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 6th Brigade of 2nd Division.

Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Pyatt, of 9, Mason's Building, Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: West Bromwich, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 16th March 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/175200/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Alfred Pyatt registered March quarter 1895 in Dudley.

1901 Census
9 Moat Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Elizabeth Pyatt (31, born Castle Bromwich), her children: Alice (11, born Tipton), Alfred (6, born Tipton), Clara (4, born Tipton), and James Frederick (8 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
Court 1 House 1, Bridge Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Samuel Pyatt (44, Iron Worker - Puddler, born Tipton), Elizabeth Pyatt (42, born Tipton), her children: Alice (22, born Tipton), Alfred (16, Assistant Roller, born Tipton), Clara (15, born Tipton), Fred (11, born Tipton), Hannah (9, born Tipton), William (3, born Tipton) and May (1, born Tipton).

Personal Data

Two Tipton men named Alfred Pyatt were killed in the Great War, only one is commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial. The 'Staffordshire Roll of Honour' shows that Alfred Pyatt was in the South Staffs, it is therefore this man.

The Records of No. 4 Stationary Hosipital, Arques, show that Alfred Pyatt was admitted on 5th July 1915 with "Injury: Legs", he is shown as 20 years of age and having served for 11 months. He was in hospital for 17 days, returning to Base for re-deployment on the 22nd July.

After Alfred's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £1/17/10d (1 pound, 17 shillings and 10 pence); this was paid to his father, Samuel, in December 1916. His War Gratuity was £9/0/0d (9 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in October 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Alfred had enlisted in August 1914.

Alfred's mother, Elizabeth Pyatt, was awarded a Dependant's Pension of 5/0d (5 shillings) per week from 6th March 1917. Her address at that time was 116 Toll End Road, later changing to 9 Toll End Road.

Action resulting in his death

On 17th August 1916, 2nd Division began the relief of the Guards Division in the vicinity of Serre to Hebuterne. This sector was fairly quiet at the time apart from the regular shellfire. Towards the end of August, in fairly poor weather, 2nd Division began their preparation for an impending offensive action.

On 20th August the 2nd South Staffs relieved the 2nd Coldstream Guards in the front line near Serre, remaining there until themselves relieved by the 13th Essex on the 24th. During this time the sector was fairly quiet, the only significant War Diary entry being for the 21st & 22nd: “Two all quiet days of trenches. Front line blown in by minenwerfer and several casualties from desultory field-gun shelling”.

Alfred died of wounds on 27th August. At this time the 2nd South Staffs were behind the lines at Courcelles, but the War Diary recorded “Daily Royal Engineer and heavy night fatigues”.

If Alfred had been wounded on the 21st/22nd August, it is likely that he would have been further back in the Casualty Evacuation system as Couin was only a Field Ambulance location. It is likely that Alfred was wounded during the working parties which filled so much time when out of the line.

Alfred died at No. 100 Field Ambulance at Couin, and is buried in Couin British Cemetery.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 25th September 1916
The following casualties amongst warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men are reported under various dates:
Previously reported missing, now reported killed.
SOUTH STAFFS REGIMENT. - Pyatt, 12561, A., (Tipton).