Sunday, 17 October 2021

Henley’s first man to die in First World War

THE first man from Henley to be killed in the First World War was Alfred William King.

His great nephew, Andrew, popped into the Henley Standard offices to tell me about him.

Alfred was born in Henley on September 13, 1886, the second son of Samuel and Eliza King.

On May 16, 1904 he enlisted in the Royal Berkshire Regiment at Brock Barracks in Reading as Private 7707 in the 2nd Battalion.

After seven years in the army, during which he saw service in India, he returned to Henley and lived with his widowed mother at No 8 Hop Gardens.

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