Private 15409 Alfred Pyatt

Killed in Action on Saturday, 25th September 1915, age 22.
Commemorated on Panel 5 of Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.

1st Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 24th Brigade of 8th Division.

Husband of Mrs Ada Morgan (formerly Pyatt), of 30, Canal St, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, before 1st January 1916.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1643818/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Alfred Pyatt registered September quarter 1893 in Dudley.

1901 Census
35 Waterloo Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Pyatt (35, Boiler Maker, born Tipton), his wife Lizzie Pyatt (35, born Tipton), their children: Thomas (14, Errand Boy, born Tipton), Maud Lizzie (15, born Tipton), Harriet (12, born Tipton), Sarah Jane (8, born Tipton), Alfred (7, born Tipton), Jane Eliza (4, born Tipton), Arthur (2, born Tipton) and Laura (1 month, born Tipton).

1911 Census
8 Brown Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Pyatt (44, Boiler Maker, born Tipton), his wife Lizzie Pyatt (44, born Tipton), and 8 of their 11 surviving children of 12: Harriet (21, born Tipton), Alfred (17, General Labourer in Engineering Works, born Tipton), Jane (14, born Tipton), Arthur (11, born Tipton), Laura (9, born Tipton), Edith (7, born Tipton), Nellie (6, born Tipton), and Elsie May (2, born Tipton).

Marriage of Alfred Pyatt and Ada Lawley registered March quarter 1913 in Dudley.
Marriage of Ada Pyatt and William Morgan registered March quarter 1916 in Dudley.

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 not this man.
Alfred's Medal Index Card says that he first entered France 19th December 1915. This must be wrong as he was killed on 25th September 1915.

Action resulting in his death

During the summer of 1915 the 1st Worcesters were in the line between Neuve Chapelle and Armentieres. There was a constant but low-level of casualties, but no significant action until the end of September. On 25th September, when the major action was further to the south with the commencement of the Battle of Loos, the 1st Worcesters were in reserve for the 8th Division's attack near Bois Grenier.

At 4.25am the attack commenced and progress was made into the German lines. At 8.00am a call was made for bombers to support the attack and the 36 Battalion bombers were sent forward. They were sent into the captured German line and faced German counter-attacks where the Germans seemed to have superior numbers of both men and bombs. After throwing the last bomb they were forced to retire, re-joining their Battalion in the afternoon just 21 strong with many of these men wounded. Although initially successful, by evening the attack had been driven back to the original trenches.

During the 25th September the Battalion lost 2/Lt W.C. Wilson and 5 Other Ranks; it is likely that most of these were bombers. Private Alfred Pyatt was one of the 5 Other Ranks to lose their lives, his body was never identified and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

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