Alfred Walter Byrch

Date of birth: 1882
Place of birth: Marylebone, London
Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery
Battalion: “O” Battery
Rank / Service No: Quartermaster Serjeant, 4206
Died: 2nd August 1917, aged 35 years
Buried: Canada Farm Cemetery, Belgium (Plot II, Row E, Grave 13)


It is worth mentioning that it is only the National Roll that says that Alfred lived in Southampton….there is no other verifiable source.


Alfred was the third of 5 siblings born to Frank and Mary Byrch (nee Rodwell), who were married in 1878.

Mary was born in Middlesex in 1852 and died in St Pancras in 1915. Frank was born in Marylebone in 1855 and died in St Pancras in 1921.


Alfred married Emily Luxton in Christchurch in 1903, where he was based with his Regiment.

Emily was born in Winkleigh, Devon in 1882 and she gave birth to 2 children……..


Kathleen L. E.   b. 1904 Woolwich   d. ??   Married Percy H. Jones in Pershore in 1944.

Leslie Alfred J.  b. 1910 St John’s Wood   d. 1989 Greenwich   Married Florence A. Potter in Woolwich in 1936.


Emily and family lived at 18 Eton St in Regent’s Park; she passed away in Dartford in 1956.



Frank Charles   b. 1879 Marylebone  d. 1960 Islington

Louisa Agnes   b. 1884 Marylebone   d. 1961 Wandsworth

Alfred Walter

Lizzie Mary   b. 1887 Marylebone   d. 1971 St Pancras

Thomas Henry   b. 1890 Marylebone   d. 1931 St Pancras   Married Augusta L. Boddenham in Marylebone in 1919.


The National Roll states that Arthur joined the Army in January 1900. He was drafted to the Western Front at the outbreak of WW1, and was involved in the Battle of Mons, the Marne and the Aisne.

“O” Battery became part of the 5th Brigade in the 8th Division in September 1914 until January 1917.

From then, “O” and “Z” Batteries were in the Fourth Army.


The cemetery takes its name from a farmhouse used as a dressing station during the 1917 Allied offensive on this front.

Most of the burials are of men who died at the dressing station between June and October 1917.

There are 907 Commonwealth WW1 burials in the cemetery.


Alfred’s headstone reads: “Sacred to the memory of a loving father and a kind husband.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 23rd June 2016


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