Alfred Ernest Kirkland, Private 37386, 1st/6th Essex Regiment
Died 27th August 1917 in Gaza, Palestine
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Alfred’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 21 September 1917:
Miss Kirkland, 64 Ryle St, Macclesfield, has received news of the reported death in Egypt on August 27th of her brother, Signaller Alfred Ernest Kirkland, Essex Regt, whose wife and child reside in Manchester. The War Office intimation was addressed to the signaller’s wife. A native of Macclesfield, Signaller Kirkland was thirty years of age and was educated at St John’s and Mill Street Wesleyan schools. He was formerly in the employ of Mr A W Hewetson and Messrs Sheldon’s, and went to Manchester about ten years ago, being engaged as an embroiderer. He was married five years ago and joined the Army in June, 1916. Private Kirkland had only been in Egypt about two months. Private Frank Kirkland, his brother, is serving with a labour company in France.
Private Alfred Kirkland is buried in grave ref. XXIX. F. 12 in the Gaza War Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Alfred Kirkland, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Brother of Frank Kirkland, who served with the Labour Corps.