1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Alfred Edward Henstock

Contributed by: Michael, on 2008-11-14

Alfred Edwin Henstock,
Rank
First Name Alfred Edward
Surname Henstock
Year of Birth 1897
Year of Death 1916
Regiment Sherwood Foresters
Place of Wartime Residence Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Alfred Edward's Story

Alfred Henstock died 3rd September 1916, at the battle of the Somme, He is buried in Row D grave No. 4 Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, France.

His unit were on the way to the front line at nightfall, to support the attacking troops, a shell burst near to them, killed Alfred Henstock and two other colleagues plus injuring several others.

The letter home to his mother (from Capt. Royd Truscon) finishes with the statement;

" Your son died a Soldier's death fighting the great battle for the country he had come forward to serve in her hour of need"

His brother Leonard Henstock died as a P.O.W in November 1918

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