Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Alfred Whitney was born in Bridgnorth in about 1872. He was the son of James Whitney (an agricultural labourer who had been born and baptised at Chelmarsh) and his wife, Fanny. The family lived in Bernard's Hill, Bridgnorth. Some time after 1874 they moved to New England, Highley.
Alfred became a coal miner, but in February 1893, he joined the Army. He remained in the Army until 1905, serving most of his time with the 2nd Battalion KSLI abroad (Hong Kong until December 1894, then India until March 1905). At the end of his time he returned to Highley and resumed work as a coal miner.
At the outbreak of war, Alfred rejoined the Army, firstly with the 2nd Battalion KSLI then with the 1st. He died on 20th February, 1917, probably of natural causes. At the time of his death he was attached to the HQ. Cavalry Corps as Acting Lance Corporal. He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.
Acting Lance Corporal Alfred Whitney, SR/7328 KSLI, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star.
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