CRESSWELL, Alfred Sackville

Captain, 2nd Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

Born

C. 1879 At Pinkney Park, Wilts, son of Mrs. Phoebe Cresswell, of Leckhampton Hall, Cheltenham, and the late Charles Estcourt Cresswell.

Education

Blundell’s School, “Old House”, April 1889 – Easter 1891.

Service

He was gazetted Second Lieutenant from the Militia and served in the Transvaal during the South African Campaign and for a short time was involved in special services work. Promoted Capt. in 1904, he was appointed Adjt. of the 3rd Bn. (Res.) of his Regt. in 1912. He was involved in the conflict at Neuve Chapelle in 1915.

Death

13th March 1915, aged 36, at Neuve Chapelle.

Burial/Commemoration

Grave X4
Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders.

Memorial

Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery is located 8 kilometres south of Ypres on a road leading from the Kemmelseweg (N331), connecting Ypres to Kemmel. The Chateau was north-east of Kemmel village and the cemetery was established on the north side of the chateau grounds in December 1914. It continued to be used by divisions fighting on the southern sectors of the Belgian front until March 1918, when after fierce fighting involving both Commonwealth and French forces, the village and cemetery fell into German hands in late April. The cemetery was retaken later in the year, but in the interval it was badly shelled and the old chateau destroyed. There are now 1,135 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
The National Archives, Public Record Office, Kew WO 339/
“The Blundellian”, April 1915 p 161
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 4003
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 5/106

 

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