Lance CorporalALDERSON, G

Service Number 12231

Died 15/10/1915

Aged 31

10th Bn.
Durham Light Infantry

A M

Husband of Ethel Alderson, of 10, Stephenson St., Dunston-on-Tyne, Co. Durham.

Inscription

A SILENT THOUGHT, A SECRET TEAR KEEPS HIS MEMORY EVER DEAR

Citation

An extract from the London Gazette dated the 19th May 1916, records the following

"On the evening of the 14th October, 1915, Alderson, with two other non-commissioned Officers, was moving some bombs into a room in a farmhouse where they were to be stored. While the bombs were being stacked, one of them fell to the floor and the percussion cap was fired. Alderson, knowing that the bomb would explode in four seconds, and that to throw it out of the window would endanger the men who were outside, picked it up and tried to reach the door. Before he could get out of the door the bomb exploded, blowing off his hand and inflicting other serious wounds, from which he shortly died. By his prompt action in picking up and carrying the bomb he probably saved the lives of the three men who were in the room with him, and by his presence of mind in not throwing it out of the window he certainly saved the lives of those standing outside. This act was the more meritorious as Alderson was fully aware of the deadly nature of the bomb and the danger to himself that his act involved."

Buried at LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY

Location: West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Number of casualties: 10121

Cemetery/memorial reference: I. B. 14A.

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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.