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Alfred Jesse Boxall (1899-1918) - Pte T/205981 6 th  Bn The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment).            Alfred   Jesse   Boxall    was   born   16 th    September   1899   and   may   well   have   enlisted   whilst   he   was   still   ‘under   age’   as   he   would   have   not reached   the   age   of   18   until   September   1917.   One   of   at   least   five   Boxall   brothers   that   served,   Alfred   joined   the   1 st    Battalion   of   The Queen’s   (Royal   West   Surrey   Regiment)   but   was   transferred   to   the   6 th    and   was   soon   on   active   service   in   France   where   the   battalion   had been since May 1915. In   1917   the   6 th    were   in   action   at   Arras   in   the   First   Battle   of   the   Scarpe,   the   Battle   of   Arleux   and   the   Third   Battle   of   the   Scarpe.   They remained   in   the   Arras   sector   until   the   30 th    October   when   they   moved   to   Hesdin   for   the   Cambrai   offensive   in   which   the   Division   suffered heavy losses. In   March   1918   they   moved   by   motor   lorry   from   Busnes   to   Albert   and   were   in   action   in   the   Battle   of   Bapaume   and   then   spent   the   spring engaged   in   heavy   fighting   as   the   enemy   advanced   across   the   old   Somme   battlefields.   On   the   1 st    July   1918,   they   attacked   Bouzincourt   but were repelled by the enemy and this is where Alfred lost his life, two months short of his 19 th  birthday.
Alfred’s   Commonwealth   War   Graves   record   gives   his   date   of   death   as   30 th    June   but   the   War   Diary   records   the   action   at   Bouzincourt   as taking place across the 30 th  June-2 nd  July and records 28 Other Ranks killed and 8 missing for this period. Alfred has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial on the Somme and on Itchingfield War Memorial. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals for his service.
The Fallen
Prisoners and British infantrymen resting on the roadside in Bouzincourt 26 March 1918 © IWM (Q 8634)