Friday, December 31, 2010

Private Alfred W. Bryan - 159655

According to his attestation papers, dated January 4, 1916 Alfred Walter Bryan of 540 Adelaide Street, Toronto was born on August 17, 1896 in Blackwater, Hampshire, England.  He listed his mother, Lucy Bryan, Plantation Road, Frimley Rd, Camberley, Surrey, England as his next of kin.  He was a teamster and indicated that he had was an active member of the G.G.B.G.  He was 29 years and 6 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.  He had marks on his left arm and a scar over the lower end of the left radius. He was a member of the Church of England.

Alfred Walter Bryan was a member of the 19th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on September 12, 1916.  According to the CEF burial register he was killed "while on sentry duty in the front line trenches".  "He was shot and instantly killed by a bullet from the rifle of an enemy sniper".  He is buried in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, Somme, France. 

His brother Lawrence also enlisted but survived the war.

He was the son of Mrs. Lucy Bryan, of 16 Plantation Row, Camberley, England.

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