Stretford WW1 

Alfred Edwin Chorlton

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:02nd [3] (East Lancs) Field Amb
Name of Rgt or Ship:Royal Army Medical Corps
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:Belgium
Cemetery or Memorial:Tyne Cot Cemetery Memorial, Zonnebeke
Town Memorial:Altrincham
Extra Information:
Born during the June quarter 1896 in the Altrincham R.D. - ref: 8a/184, the
only son of Charles William & Hannah Chorlton (nee Hollingworth).

1901 Census - 41 Ashfield Road, Altrincham.    Son - aged: 4 - born:
Altrincham.    Head of household - Charles W. Chorlton - Married - aged: 30
- occ: Book Keeper - born: Manchester.     Also - Hannah Chorlton - Wife -
aged: 30 - born: Altrincham.

His father died in 1904 - aged: 33.

1911 Census - Warehouseman and Clerks Orphan School, Cheadle Hulme, Near
Stockport (now Cheadle Hulme School).    Inmate Scholar - aged: 14 - born:
Altrincham.    No trace of his mother who was a Teacher at Stamford Park
Council School. 

Attended the Downs Congregational Church, where he was a Teacher at their
Sunday School.    He played cricket for Altrincham Wesleyan Church Club.   
 Employed by the Anglo-Syrian Trading Co, Manchester.

Enlisted in September 1915 and drafted to the front in March 1917.

WO363 - Enlisted at Altrincham from 42 Ashfield Road, Altrincham on the
27th September 1914, aged: 19 years 4 days.   Employed as a Buyers
Assistant - Height: 5 feet 7¾ inches - Weight: 128 lb - Extended chest -
34 inches with 2½ inch expansion.    Whilst stationed at Crowborough, he
was granted Corporal's pay w.e.f. the 8th January 1916.    Attended a
course of training for Nursing duties at the Colchester Military Hospital
from the 23rd to the 30th August 1916.   Granted a furlough from the 10th
to the 25th July 1916, extended until the 8th August for "Farm Work".   
Embarked at Southampton for France on the 1st March 1917.  Attached to the
HQ of the 66th Division in the field on the 20th April 1917.    Awarded a
Good Conduct Badge on the 27th September 1917.    His body must have been
found and buried, but later lost as a list oif his effects was compiled on
the 29th December 1917.   Included in the list:- Disc, letters, photos,
cards, pipe, walllet, writing case, purse, metal cigarette case, Swan
fountain pen, silver chain.

In 1919, his mother and his sister - Mildred May Chorlton were residing at
42 Ashfield Road, Altrincham.   

'B' Section, East Lancs Field Ambulance.  Killed in action near
Passchendaele whilst carrying a wounded comrade.

Death reported in the 11/12/1917 edition of the Altrincham Guardian.

He is commemorated on the private family gravestone in Hale Cem.    M.I. -
"Safe home".

His father, Charles William died 25/05/1904 aged 35 years and his mother,
Hannah died in 1966 aged 96 years.

Flanders M.I. - "He saved others, himself he could not save".

Memorials found on:
Altrincham & District Roll of Honour
Royal Army Medical Corps HQ
Cheadle Hulme Grammar School (Sale)
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