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Entry for Sergeant Alfred Tranter








14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

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CWGC Record states him to be Son of Alfred and Martha Susannah Tranter, of The Swan Inn, Martin Hassington, Worcester. Baptised at Coleshill 30 Jan 1891. His Father recorded as a Miller of Forge Mills. In the 1901 Census the family are recorded at Forge Mills Lane, at the Railway Inn Hotel, his Father described Licensed Victualler & Miller. In 1901 the family are recorded as at The Forge Mills Tavern. In the 1911 Census Alfred was recorded as an Articled Clerk, a Visitor at the home of Samuel & Emma Adelaide Johnson of Lyndon Coleshill Rd Sutton Coldfield. His Parents and Sister had relocated to Hassington, Worcester. His older Brother William's location is not known in 1911.

Service Number 312 Commemorated at The Thiepval Memorial Somme, France. See CWGC record at: -,%20ALFRED Find A Grave Memorial# 12572886 See: -

Coleshill Chronicle 5th August 1916 Information has been received of the death in action in France, on July 22nd [sic], of Sergt. Alfred Tranter, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Sergt. Tranter was the son of Mr and Mrs Tranter, of Martin Hussingtree, near Worcester, and late of Forge Mills, Coleshill. He was educated at Coleshill Grammar School, under the headmastership of the Rev. F. J. Fenn (now serving as a chaplain in France), and on leaving served articles with a firm of chartered accountants in Birmingham, and remained with them until war broke out. Sergt. Tranter had served for three years in the 8th Territorial Battalion of the Warwicks, and on the formation of the city battalions he immediately enlisted, and soon received non-commissioned rank, eventually leaving the camp at Sutton Coldfield for the front in the autumn of last year. He remained with his battalion up to the time of his death, with the exception of one short leave a few weeks ago, and was esteemed by his comrades as a very capable and popular non-commissioned officer.

Sergeant Tranter is also remembered on the Memorial in The Coleshill School.

In 1911 Alfred Tranter's brother William was living with his wife Ann and his 4 children in Coleshill.

Listed as William Franter in Lived in High Street Coleshill in 1911.

Alfred Tranter was born in Coleshill in January 1891 to parents Alfred and Martha Susannah. He was christened on the 30th January 1891 in Coleshill. At this time the family were living in Forge Mills where his father was a licenced victualler and miller at the Railway Inn Hotel. By 1901 the family had moved to the Forge Mills Tavern and Alfred was attending the Coleshill Grammar School. In 1911 Alfred is recorded as an articled clerk to a firm of accountants in Birmingham. The rest of the family had moved to Worcester. In the first week of September 1914 Alfred Tranter was amongst the first group of young men from Coleshill to make the journey into Birmingham to sign up. He enlisted in the Birmingham City Battalion, later to become the 14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, service number 312. After completing training, the Battalion landed in France on 21st November 1915. Sergeant Tranter died from wounds received in action on the 21st July 1916, aged 25. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France, the Parish War Memorial, Coleshill, and the Coleshill Grammar School Memorial in the Coleshill School. Sergeant Tranter was posthumously awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Allied Victory medals.
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