All Saints War Memorial
Langton Green

Cease Not to Praise God 
for these Men who Fell 
1914 - 1918
A J Atherall Buglar Rifle Brigade Possibly, Alfred John the son of Alfred J and Eliza who in 1901 lived at Station Road, Withyham, Sussex, where Alfred senior worked as a Bricklayers Labourer to feed his family of 9 children (ranging in ages from 16 to 5 months). Alfred jnr was aged 14 in that census and working as a House Boy. By the time of the 1911 census Alfred John and Eliza had 4 more children and the addition of a grandchild - making a total of 14 people living in 5 rooms (some of the elder children no lived in the house). Alfred John enlisted into the Rifle Brigade and was Bugler, 2480 (1916). At the time of his enlistment he was living in Groombridge near Tunbridge Wells. and working as a Groom. On his papers he stated that he had previously served in the 1st Cinque Ports VRC and had been rejected from service due to under chest measurement. A J was20 years and 10 months old - 5' 4½" tall, weighed 116 lbs and had a fully expanded chest of 34½ ". He had a fresh complection, grey eyes and dark brown hair and stated his religion was that of C of E. His army records say that the attested in Winchester on 14 November 1907 and given the rank of Rifleman. He had various postings, including Egypt and India inbetween Home postings until he joined the BEF on 10 Feb 1915 until 1916 when he was appointed the rank of Bugler. During his service he was admitted to hospital on several occasions e.g. tonsillitus, abscesses. colic and influenza. There is also a report of his being admitted to hospital in 1910 with a hernia which he claims was a result of his duties and in 1915 he was admitted with worms. A J married Doreen Winn, who was the recipient of his British War Medal in 1921. Dorreen, now Mrs Godley also received his Victory Medal in the same year. On July 2 1916 he was reported missing but the CWGC have his official date of death as July 1 1916 - the day so many brave men were Killed in Action. A J is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing along with so many of our boys.
C D Atherall Pte R West Kents  
P Atherall Pte R Sussex

Percy, born in 1895,


was the brother to A J above,

F Bew Pte East Kents  
P G Fisher Pte R Rusiliers  
A G Hoadley Serg. R West Kents  
W F Hoptroff Capt S A Infantry  
F Jackson L.Cpl First Surreys  
A H Payne L.Cpl R Fusiliers  
W Pratt Pte R West Kents  
C Pulley Maj. R F A  
W F Sinden Sergt. Rifle Brigade  
H Smithers Maj. R G A  
W Whitehouse Driver Canadian F A  


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