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THE ALDERBURY HERO WHO FELL AT PASSCHENDAELE

 

July to November 1917 saw what has been described as the bloodiest battle of the First World War: Passchendaele. Most will have seen the moving ceremonies on television marking the centenary of this Third Battle of Ypres which was launched on July 31st 1917. Torrential storms turned the already battered land into a quagmire of knee- deep mud in which many were killed or drowned. Frank Harper was a Private in the 2nd Wiltshire Battalion B company. He lived on the Lower Road in Alderbury with his wife and two children aged 11 and 9. A few days before the battle his battalion was entrenched outside Ypres at Abeele. On July 30th their positions were targeted with gas shells. Frank Harper’s B Company suffered some losses. It was dark when his B Company launched its own attack at 3.40am on the 31st. Heavy shelling continued throughout the day. Frank Harper was reported missing. Later it was confirmed that he had been killed in action. He is buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, 4 Kilometres east of Ypres. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

 

To read more about all the Alderbury and Whaddon men who fell in both World Wars please read our book “ Alderbury War Memorials : In Freedom’s Cause” with text , maps and photographs , available from Brian Johnson (01722 710430) or the village shop.

 

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Memories of local people Life in times past, in Alderbury and Whaddon

 

The post office

 

 

Trafalgar Park & House Given to Lord Nelson’s family after the Battle of Trafalgar

 

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Longford Castle A principal influence on the village and its people

 

Village war memorial

 

 

 

 

Alderbury’s war heroes Read our archive about Alderbury war heroes

 

St Mary’s Church

 

 

 

 

River & canal navigation Read about the Avon Navigation and the ill-fated canal

 

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Domesday – 1086  What was Alderbury like in the 11th century?

 

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The Saxons in Alderbury Was there significant Saxon activity around Alderbury?

 

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The Alderbury branch line Did trains stop in Alderbury?

 

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From pre-history to the Romans  What was Alderbury like in ancient times?

 

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OUR LATEST PUBLICATION

JOHN’S JOTTINGS: WHEELWRIGHTS, CARPENTERS AND BUILDERS IN ALDERBURY

Eyres, J (2016). This is the second in a series of books under the heading Village Voices, enabling village residents past and present share their memories of life in Alderbury and Whaddon. In this book, John Eyres describes his recollections about the Eyres family firm. This gives a fascinating insight into the work of a local business of wheelwrights, carpenters and builders – trades which are often forgotten in today’s modern world of factory-based mass production and national or international companies.

Village names  The origins of the names for Alderbury & Whaddon

 

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