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23977 Private Alexander Birtles

23977 Private Alexander Birtles was born in 1896 in Odd Rode; he was the second eldest of 7 children to Charles & Emma Birtles, at the age of 15 his occupation was a labourer, his father was a coal miner, on the 1911 census the family lived in Scholar Green. Alexander married Ethel Mottram in 1916, they had one child Richard Alan Birtles born 18th July 1916.

Alexander enlisted in Congleton after 1916, there are no surviving Military records for him and his Medal Index Card doesn’t give a lot of details, only that he was entitled to the Victory Medal and the British War Medal, he died of wounds on the 7th September 1918 age 22, he is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, France.

Medal Card