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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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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 Alderson and his wife Elizabeth Grace (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 the 04th 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 1911 the Census shows the family have moved and are now at 52 Moscow Drive, off Queens Drive, Stoneycroft. It shows 18 year old Robert Harold as a gas clerk for Liverpool United Gaslight Co. His father Robert is a gas rent collector for the same company and 15 Year old younger brother Frank was a clerk in a solicitor's office,

A few weeks later on the 02nd August 1911 his younger brother Frank attested in Everton into the 5th Battalion of the King's Liverpool Regiment, claiming to be 17 years and 3 months old when really he was 16 years 2 months old.

On the 31st August 1914 Robert Harold attested at St George's Hall in Liverpool joining the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Pte. 15781. he was aged 21 years and 344 days. 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 his religion is stated as Church of England. He also claimed he had served before as a Sgt.

He was billeted at Prescot Watch Factory from 14th September 1914, he trained there and also at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915, the 17th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. 

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 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 inow rests at Heilly Station Cemetery on the Somme at Picardie, France.

Liverpool Echo 19th Oct 1917


ALDERSON - October 13, died of wounds received in action October 12, Sgt Robert Harold Alderson K.L.R., the dearly beloved elder son of Robert and Elizabeth Grace Alderson, 52 Moscow Drive, Stoneycroft.

His belongings, medals and pay owing of 4 Shillings, were sent to his father Robert in February 1917. These included: wrist watch and strap, medallion, disc, three note books, letters, photos, small wallet, prayer book, knife, cigarette case, pipe, pencil case, steel mirror, flask. His medals and pay owing of 4 shillings were sent to his father on 04th September 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.

(102 Years this day)
Saturday 14th August 1920.
Pte 16017 Joseph Ellis
25 years old