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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916

CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916

Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916

Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916

Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft

Sgt 15781 Robert Harold Alderson

  • Age: 24
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • D.O.W Saturday 14th October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Heilly Station Cem, Mericourt
    Panel Ref: III.C.26
Robert Harold was born on 19 September 1892 presumably at 19 Dacy Road,off Breckfield Road North, Everton, to Gas Board Rent Collector Robert and Elizabeth Grace Alderson (nee Bragg). He was the first born of two children of their marriage, his younger brother Frank Charles was born on 31 May 1895.  

Robert Harold was baptized at St. Saviour's, Everton on 4 December 1892 where Frank was also later baptized.

The 1901 Census shows the family still living at 19 Dacy Road off Breckfield Road North, Everton.

By April 1911the Census shows the family have moved and are now at 52a Moscow Drive, off Queens Drive, Stoneycroft. It shows 18 year old Robert Harold as Gas Clerk for Liverpool United Gaslight Co. His father Robert is a Gas Rent Collector for the same company.15 Year old younger brother Frank was a Clerk in a Solicitor's office,

A few weeks later on 2 August 1911 younger Brother Frank Attested in Everton into the 5th Battalion of the King's, claiming to be 17 years and 3 months old when really he was 16 years 2 months old.

On 31 August 1914 Robert Harold attested in Liverpool joining the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Pte. 15781 aged 21 Years and 344 days old. He is described as being 5 Foot 9 inches in height, weighed 116 lbs,  had a 35 inch chest, with brown hair, and grey eyes. He had a scar on his right knee and was Church of England by Religion. He also claimed he had served before as a Sgt.

On 06/10/1914 he was promoted to Corporal and on 23/11/1914 to Lance Serjeant. On 24/02/1915 he was promoted again to Serjeant

On 15/03/1916 he sailed from Folkestone on board "S.S. Invicta" arriving at Etaples on 16/03/1916 he was sick in Hospital for 8 days before rejoining the Battalion on 24/03/1916

On 12 May 1916 he and the 17th saw their first action.

On the 12th October 1916  Robert Harold was involved in the Battle of Le Transloy. The battalion diary records:

"The 17th King's were accommodated in Gird Trench and Gird Support which they had relieved a Battalion of the 123rd Brigade on the night of 10/11th October 1916.
At Zero hour 2.5 p.m on the 12th October the whole line went forward to the attack...........
On the Extreme left the 17th found the Enemy's wire uncut ......
The Losses in crossing No Mans Land were in consequence very heavy !"

Several Officers and 225 other Ranks were among the Wounded.

Robert Harold had received Gun shot wounds to his hip and abdomen and was taken to a Field Hospital, where 2 days later on 14 th October 1916 he died from his wounds aged 24

He is buried at Heilly Station Cemetery on the Somme at Picardie, France.

His belongings, medals and pay owing of 4 Shillings, were sent to his Father Robert on 04/09/1917. It appears that no War Gratuity was paid.

His Probate showed he left £284:7s:10d to his father Robert.

His younger brother Frank survived the War, he married Phyllis Busby in 1921.
Frank passed away in 1966 aged 71

Killed On This Day.

(105 Years this day)
Tuesday 24th October 1916.
Pte 33220 David Brocken
24 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 24th October 1917.
Pte 17690 Henry Phipps
22 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 24th October 1917.
Pte 308326 James Speakman
26 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 24th October 1918.
Serjeant 17245 Robert George Evans (MM)
22 years old