Coy-Sgt-Major Alfred Allbrighton

Alfred Allbrighton (from the Tamworth Herald)

CSM Alfred Allbrighton, Military Medal, 11th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, 13294, was killed in action on the 20th September 1917. The Tamworth Herald published the news: “It is reported that Sergt.-Major Alfred Allbrighton, West Yorks R., has been killed in action on September 20. He was 25 years age, and the third son of Mr and Mrs A Allbrighton, Cherry Cottage, Glascote, and enlisted early in September, 1914. During the operations on June 7-9 last, he displayed reckless courage in laying and mending wires under very heavy shell fire, and was largely instrumental in maintaining communication with the Brigade and Companies. On the recommendation of his General, he was awarded the Military Medal. In the course of a letter to the parents, the Commanding Officer of his company says: “He was my Company-Sergeant-Major, and was accompanying me over the top in the big attack. A few minutes after we had started he left me to direct a party of men who were losing direction, and was hit by a shell and killed at once. A party of this regiment searching for wounded found his body, and buried him where fell, marking his grave by a little cross. His death is a very great loss to the officers and men of the Company, as by his never-failing cheerfulness and utter disregard of danger he set an example of a man to be loved and followed. I myself felt that in every way as a soldier and man I could trust him to the last. He had already won distinction by gaining the Military Medal, and I have not the slightest doubt that had he lived he would have won still more honours. I shall always look upon him as one of the best types of manhood”.”

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