The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant A B Cullerne


Photograph by "Lady Linda"

Second Lieutenant Alan Baird, CULLERNE, 7th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, 23rd October 1918, age 28.

31st October 1892, born Acton, Brentford, Middlesex, son of *William London Busch & #Alice Eva Handyside. * died 1902 # died 1901.

1903 to 1908 King Edward's School, Witley as Alan Handyside. 

1903, adopted by William Stanley Varenne Cullerne (Barrister-at-Law) and his first wife, Kate Cadwalleder (nee Ford).

1911 Census - Eastern Telegraph Company, Station, Porthcurno, St Levan, Cornwall - Alan Baird Cullerne, clerk, age 18, single, born Acton Middlesex.

Previously Private 28th London Regiment, Service No. 762256.

4th November 1916, posted BEF.

1917, Reading, Berkshire, married Caroline Albright Babbage.

28th December 1918, Probate - Cullerne Alan Baird of Hipswell Camp, Catterick, Yorkshire. Second Lieutenant 7th Royal West Kent Regiment, died 23rd October 1918, in France. Probate London 28th December to Caroline Albright Cullerne, widow. Effects £99 15s 9d.

Buried at  Le Cateau Communal Cemetery, III. B. 3., Nord, France.


London Gazette 9th August 1917.

War Office, 9th August, 1917. REGULAR FORCES.

The under mentioned W.Os., N.C.Os., and men from London Regiment Territorial Force to be temporary 2nd Lieutenants, with effect from dates shown: 

Royal West Kent Regiment - Pte. A. B. Cullerne. -  1 July 1917.

London Gazette 1st February 1919.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the following awards to the under mentioned Officers and Warrant Officers in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field: 


Temporary 2nd Lieutenant Alan Baird Cullerne, 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

For conspicuous gallantry and enterprise during operations at Bernafay Wood on 27th and 28th August 1918. Keeping close up with the barrage he reached the objective with his company and pressing on he gave the enemy no time to reorganise. Later when the troops on both flanks were driven back, he superintended the defence of the flanks under heavy fire and ultimately enabled the line to be re-established.

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