Syrett, Alfred Montague

1888 to 4 May 1917

War Service:
Second Lieutenant ALFRED MONTAGUE SYRETT of the 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers died in action at Bullecourt on 4 May 1917, aged 29. He trained with the Artists Rifles before obtaining a commission.

In the report of his death in The Times of 9 June 1917 his commanding officer is quoted as saying:‘He had the makings of a most capable officer and the battalion grieves his loss deeply. He died as we all wish to, leading his men, and was close up to the enemy wire when a shell fell in the middle of them’.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial St Bartholomew’s church, Sydenham. There is also a separate memorial to him on the West wall of the church.

He was born in 1888 the youngest son of Alfred Syrett, J.P., solicitor of 45 Finsbury Pavement and Florence Syrett, of 'Oaklands' Sydenham. He was educated at Dulwich College and then went to Paris where he studied music and eventually became an actor vocalist.


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