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An operation was performed at Boulogne but more shrapnel was discovered when he arrived at Devonport and another operation was needed. Some months previous to these wounds he had been listed as killed, having been stunned by a piece of shrapnel that hit is steel helmet. He was carried away but later recovered.

He was subsequently killed on November 10th, 1917 in Belgium, probably fighting with the 39th Division in the second battle of Passchendaele.

Alfred was born at Audlem, Cheshire in 1886 and was the eldest son of David Henry Tedstone and his first wife, Lydia (nee Thomas). The family lived in New Radnor in 1891, where David was a saddler by trade, having previously served an apprenticeship. Alfred had a younger brother and sister at this time.

Lydia, Alfred's mother, died in 1894 and David remarried in 1895, to Martha (nee Minton). By 1901 the family were living in the Ledbury area and David was now an insurance agent. Young Alfred, 15 was working as a porter. David and Martha had two further children.

The family moved to Brecon in about 1903 and David became a superintendent at the Refuge Assurance Company and was well known and respected in the town. The family lived at 16, Alexandra Road, Brecon. They remained there until 1918 when David moved with the company to Leominster. Alfred had left home before 1911, possibly moving to Derbyshire.

Alfred joined the Notts and Derby Regiment in 1914 and went to France in December 1915. He served as Alfred Thomas, taking his mother's maiden name. He was wounded in June 1917 when he and a comrade were blown up by a large shell landing close to them. Alfred sustained two wounds to his right arm and a slight wound to his leg.

Private Alfred Thomas Tedstone

Notts. & Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regt, 17th Btn.,

Machine Gun Corps, service no. 17976

Killed in action on November 10th, 1917, Flanders, aged 32

Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium