The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A B Crittle


Private Alfred Bertram CRITTLE,  201349, "A" Company,  2nd/4th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,   killed in action, at the Battle of Gaza,  Egypt,  19th April 1917, age 23.

Born 27th August 1893, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, son of Albert Thomas Crittle, (carver, guilder & picture frame maker), and Lydia Crittle, of 3, John Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Educated at King Charles the Martyr School, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

1911 Census - 3, John Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - Albert Thomas Crittle, head, age 56, married, practical carver guilder & picture frame maker, own account, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Lydia Crittle, wife, age 50. married 18 years, 4 children, 3 still alive, born Rye, Sussex; Alfred Bertram Crittle, son, age 17, single, tailors apprentice, Ladies & Gents Tailors, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Albert Edward Crittle, son, age 16, student for P.O., born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Kate Lydia Crittle, daughter, age 14, school, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Enlisted 18th February 1916, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Formerly tailor.


Served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Egypt & Palestine from August 1916.

His Captain wrote: "His death is a very great loss to my Company and also the Regiment, and I personally miss him very much, as he was always willing & cheerful. In the Company  he was loved and respected by all who knew him. " and a comrade: "He was such a nice quiet chap and always ready to go out of his way to do anyone a good turn. I miss him myself very much. I was with him just before he was killed. He was hit in the head and died instantly." 

27th July 1917, Probate - Crittle Alfred Bertram of 3, John Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent Private Royal West Kent Regiment, died 19th April 1917 in Palestine killed in Action. Probate London 27th July to Albert Thomas Crittle, carver. Effects £228 17s 6d.

Buried at  Gaza War Cemetery, XXX. C. 1., Israel.

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