Author Topic: L/Cpl 2267 / 200508 Alfred McCartan, later Spr 443871 Royal Engineers  (Read 46 times)

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Alfred McCartan was born in Wigan in 1895 and was the eldest son of Joseph and Mary Ann McCartan. In 1901 the family lived at 20 Cudworth Street, Wigan, and in 1911 they were at 121 Poolstock, Wigan, with 15 year old Alfred working as an office boy at a cotton mill. Later a draughtsman, he attested with the 5th Manchester Regt. at Wigan on 31 August 1914. Alfred served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force for the entirety of the war, from 10 September 1914 to 21 December 1918. He was appointed L/Cpl  in 1916, then transferred to the Royal Engineers and graded as a Pioneer on 21 May 1917, and remustered as a Sapper on 25 February 1918.

Alfred was dicharged on 5 February 1919 due to tuberculosis, which had originated in Egypt in September 1918 and was attributable to service with 100% disablement. He was unmarried and died from tuberculosis of the lung and throat at his family home of 25 Hodge Street, Wigan, on 25 July 1919, aged 23.

Buried at Wigan Cemetery CE G 298.