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Northey, Alfred (1886-1914)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Details: Alfred Northey (1886-1914), born 10 September 1886 at the Vicarage, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire., son of Rev. Alfred Edward Northey (1838-1911) and Harriet Alice Northey (née Hatton) of Lisworney, Tunbridge Wells, formerly of Lisworney, Torquay; grandson of Colonel W.B. Northey, Coldstream Guards, and cousin of Colonel Northey, 60th Rifles, and of Major W. Northey, D.S.O., Durham Light Infantry, who died at Boulogne on 21 October 1914; his elder brother, Captain W.B. Northey, was in the 1st Gurkhas.


Attended Rottingdean Preparatory School.


Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) September 1900-April 1904.


Attended Hanover, and Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Later he passed as an Interpreter in German.

He joined his regiment on 14 March 1906, and became Lieutenant in October 1908. He was stationed for two years in Malta, and then went with his regiment to Bareilly, India, in 1908. He returned to England in 1911 and spent three years at the depot, Worcester. After the war broke out he was sent as Machine Gun Officer to train Reservists at Tregantle, Cornwall, and was there until the end of August, when he took a draft of Reservists to St Nazaire, where he remainded until 17 September, when he joined his battalion at the front.


WW1, Lieutenant in the Worcestershire Regiment, 4th Bn. Mentioned in despatches. Killed on 12 October 1914 by Maxim-gun fire during a fight when the British troops were outnumbered by Bavarians at Richebourg St Vaast, close to Bethune.


Commemorated at:

Brown's Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, IV. F. 16,%20ALFRED


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands roll of honour. Mrs Northey and Miss Northey donated £5.5s. towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of Lt. A. Northey.


Lieutenant Northey was mentioned in Field-Marshal Sir John French's Despatch on 14 January 1915.


The following memoir appeared in the 'Worcester Journal' on 24 October 1914: 'Lieutenant Northey was well known in military and sporting circles in the city and country, and was well liked for his social qualities and accomplishments. He was an excellent musician, and played the violin at the concerts of the Worcester Orchestral Society. He was also a good linguist, and was a capable hockey player at one time, playing for the county at centre-back. In India he played in the 'All-India Tournament,' and was an all-round sportsman, hunting as regularly as possible, and taking an active interest in all sport. He was a well-known figure in local cricket, and was seen in the depot team and in the Worcester Gentlemen's team.'

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