Serjeant Alfred Augustus Kyte

Alfred Augustus Kyte’s birth was registered in the 4th Quarter of 1879 in Amesbury, Wiltshire (Registry of Births Volume 5a Page 174 refers).  He was baptized 21 Oct 1879 in Tilshead.

His father was Edwin Kyte (b 1856 in Corfu d 1933) and his mother was Catherine Kyte (nee Matthews) (b 1847 Imber d 1915 bur 20 Feb 1915 Tilshead).

The 1911 Census records they had 9 children 5 of whom had died early. The 4 children that survived were:

  • Edwin G Kyte (b 1877 d 1957)
  • Florence Bessie (b 1883)
  • Flora R (b circa 1888)
  • Ethel M Kyte (b circa 1890)

The 1891 Census records the Father Edwin, Mother Catherine and Children Edwin, Alfred, Flora and Ethel living in Tilshead.

1n the 1901 Census Alfred is recorded as being a boarder in Willesden, Middlesex.

On 27 Jun 1903 Alfred married Emma Pearson at St Andrew Church in Willesden, Harrow, England

The 1911 Census records Alfred living at 107 Oakland Road Hanwell Nr Ealing West London Middlesex where he is a conductor on electric trams.  Living with him are his wife Emma (b circa 1880) and children Ethel Gladys born 1904 and Edward Augustus born 1907.  

He is also recorded as having a 3rd child, Marjorie Vera born in 1913.

Service Record

On the basis of surviving service records Alfred possibly enlisted in 4/8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment and probably was then posted to 2/8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment on 18 July 1915 after basic training.   Given the deployment and Theatre dates shown on his Medal Index Roll entry it may have actually been the 2/7th Battalion that he actually deployed to Egypt with. 

Based on these dates the following service record is offered.  It should be understood that the actions relate to the Division his Battalion served in at the time and does not necessarily mean his Battalion was directly involved in them.  More research of the Battalion War Diaries would be needed to confirm what involvement the Battalion had.

4a (Egypt) 1.9.15 to 8.5.16

2/7th Battalion

  • 31 August 1915: landed at Alexandria in Egypt and proceeded to Cairo.
  • November 1915: returned to Alexandria and formed part of the Western Frontier Force.
  • 8 May 1916: moved to France, arriving in Marseilles on 15 May 1916. Whole Bn went into quarantine camp for Typhus.
  • 2/7th Battalion disbanded in France on 10 June 1916 as a consequence of the Typhus.

1a (France and Flanders) 15.5.16 to 8.9.16

  • Arrived No 5 Infantry Base Depot Rouen 13th June 1916.
  • Transferred to the 1/8th Battalion Middlesex Regt and then attached to 9th London Regiment 3rd July 1916.
  • Transferred to 9th London Regiment 8th September 1916 (Army Order 204. 1916)
  • War Diary 1/9th Londons shows – 4th July ‘Draft arrived 80 ORs 7th Middx 80 ORs 8th Middx’

8819 & 554536 -1/16th (County of London) Battalion (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)

  • 10 February 1916 : Battalion transferred to 169th Brigade in 56th (London) Division.

1a (France and Flanders) 9.9.16 to 21.9.16

  • The Battle of Ginchy (9 September)
  • The Battle of Flers-Courcelette (15 -22 September)

There is a gap here (21 Sep 1916 to 16 April 1917) that I can’t account for.  He may have been wounded and returned to the UK.

1a (France and Flanders) 16.4.17 to 4.11.18

1917

  • The First Battle of the Scarpe (9 – 14 April)
  • The Third Battle of the Scarpe (3 – 4 May)

(Phases of the Battles of Arras 1917)

  • The Battle of Langemarck (16 – 17 August) (Phase of the Third Battles of the Ypres)
  • The capture of Tadpole Copse (21 November)
  • The capture of Bourlon Wood (23 – 28 November)
  • The German counter attacks (30 November – 2 December)

(Phases of the Cambrai Operations)

1918

  • The First Battle of Arras (28 March) (Phase of the First Battles of the Somme 1918)
  • The Battle of Albert (23 August) (Phase of the Second Battles of the Somme 1918)
  • It should be noted that on 27 Aug 1918 he is recorded as being in the 18th General Hospital in Camiers. having been transferred from 19 Casualty Clearing Station in Boisleux au Mont with a Gun Shot Wound to the right hip set.  I could guess that the wound was sustained in the Battle of Albert. He was transferred on 28 Aug 1918 to No 6 Convalescent Depot Etaples.
Medical record entries

  • The Battle of the Canal du Nord (27 September – 1 October)
  • The Battle of the Cambrai (8 – 9 October)”

(Phases of the Battles of the Hindenburg Line.  May still have been convalescing in this period)

  • The pursuit to the Selle (9 – 12 October)
  • The Battle of the Sambre (4 November)
  • On 4 Nov 1918 7 days short of the Armistice Alfred was killed in action in the vicinity of Seborg.  The Battalion War Diary (typed) is attached to give you a flavour of the intensity of the action either side and on this day.  I also have included the Brigade War Diary and Operations Order.

Remembered with Honour VALENCIENNES (ST. ROCH) COMMUNAL CEMETERY II. F. 25.

Connect this map with the Battalion War Diary entries below

Brigade War Diary Entries

The 169 Bde Operation Order 4th Nov 1918 followed by the Bde Report on the action

Medal Index Card

1914/15 Star, War and Victory medals

Medal Index Roll Entry

Pension Record Card

Soldiers Register of Effects entry

George Clegg

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