Albert John Ticehurst

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jun 29, 1891

Born at Sussex England


Nov 16, 1915

Attested into the 89th Battalion at Calgary Albert 

Ø      Number 183396

Ø      Next of kin given as Hannah Ticehurst, mother, of Jarvis Lane, Mountfield, Sussex England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Gardner

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the Headquarters Company


May 31, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jun 8, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Westenhanger Camp


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 97th Battalion at Otterpool


Oct 30, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Oct 31, 1916

Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Training Battalion Signals Base at West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


Feb 1, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 2, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France


Feb 21, 1917

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 24, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin as part of a draft of 68 Other Ranks destined for the 21st Battalion


Mar 5, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve at Bois des Alleux


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, Pte Ticehurst was reported to be missing.  The next day his body was recovered and he was declared to have been killed the previous day.  He was buried in a mass grave in crater CB – 2A.  This was later renamed the Lichfield Crater British Cemetery.  Because this is a mass grave, the exact location of his remains is not known and those buried there are commemorated on a wall around the cemetery. 

Lichfield Crater Cemetery
Thelus France 

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs H Ticehurst, at Jarvis Lane, River Hall, Mountfield, Sussex England.


Pte Ticehurst is also remembered on a Memorial in the Mountfield All Saints Church,
Mountfield, Sussex, England

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