Alfred Gerald Squire


Place of Birth                     Lyndhurst. Hampshire.
Date of Birth                      1899.
Service Number               34214.
Rank                                      Lance Corporal.
Regiment                            Dorsetshire.
Died                                      11th August 1918.
Death Location                 The Somme.

Family Life

Alfred Gerald Squire was born in 1899 in Lyndhurst Hampshire and lived at No 7 Salisbury Road. Highfield.Southampton. His father was Thomas Clarke (1862) he was born in Morden Dorset and was employed as a groom /gardener/domestic. His mother was Louisa Ellen (Gray) (1865) born in Langton Matravers Dorset.

Alfred had 3 brothers William George 1890 born in Burley Hampshire, he was also a gardner / domestic, he died in March 1954 in Gosport. Hampshire. Cecil Frederick (1893) born in Lyndhurst, he was employed as a tram conductor and married Grace Wheeler (1919) he died in 1970 in Southampton. Ernest Frank (1902) was also born in Southampton.

He also had 1 sister Mildred Amy (1896) born in Lyndhurst, she married Francis James Shanahan (1888 – 1955), they lived in Brisbane Australia, she died on 28th April 1977.

Military Service

Alfred joined the Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion and served as a Lance Corporal, he took part in the theatre of war at France and Flanders which included the Battle of Amiens in which 22,200 men had either died,  been wounded or was missing. The major combat took place between   8th – 11th August 1918, East of Amiens. Picardy   France. Which   resulted in a victory for the allied forces.

The battle of Amiens began in dense fog at 4.20am on 8th August 1918 and ended on the 11th August. The British attacked north of the Somme, the Australian Corps to the South of the Somme river and the Canadians to the South of the Australians. Gas bombardment was very low as most of the allied presence was unknown to the German forces who began to return fire after 5 minutes  and even then only at  targets where the Allied forces had been at the start and had since left.

The Battle of Amiens marked the beginning of the British and Allied  advance which ended with the Armistice of the 11th November 1918.

Alfred Gerald Squire died as a result of wounds taken on the 11th August 1918 he was 20 years old.

He is buried at the Bouchoir British Cemetary – grave reference III.E.17.

The village of Bouchoir went into German hands on 27th March 1918 but was recovered by 8th Canadian Infantry on 9th August 1918. The new British cemetery was made after the Armistice with the  graves brought together from several small Commonwealth cemeteries, the battle fields around Bouchoir and to the South of the village. Most of the graves date from March/April and August 1918

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