Private Alfred RILEY

Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
3rd Battalion
Service Number:
Date of Death:
14 December 1920 - Died at home
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Reference:
North-west part of Churchyard.

Personal History:

Alfred was born in the September quarter 1898 (baptised at St Peter's Church on 17 August), the son of William (Railway Labourer) and Frances Fannie (née Needham) Riley.

He had two older brothers, George H., and William Henry [see Footnote below], and an older sister, Martha. In 1901 (Census RG 13/3269) the family were living with William's grandparents, Samson and Martha Riley, at 8 Heaton Place, Fairfield, Buxton.

[Another of Samson and Martha's sons, Henry, lived next door at No. 7 with his wife, Sarah Anne. Their son, William's cousin, Arthur, was Killed in Action on the 19th August 1917. - see Footnote below]

Two more sons, Percy and George, were added to the family in 1901 and 1903. (1911 Census RG 14/21234) and in 1911 Alfred was living with his parents at 11 Heaton Place, Fairfield. Father, William, was then employed as as a "Road Labourer".

Military History:
Henry's Service Records do not appear to have survived; however, it is known that he enlisted in the Grenadier Guards after the Armistice, on the 12th May 1919. It soon became apparent that he was suffering from Tuberculosis and he was discharged on the 2nd September 1919.

After returning to Buxton after being demobilised, Henry worked as a "Butcher's Assistant", but the following year he was taken ill and died from 'phthisis pulmonalis' or consumption. He was buried in his local Churchyard, near to the family home in Fairfield.

· Alfred's brother, Pt. 28151 William Henry RILEY, served with the 3rd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. He was invalided home, but died on the
  2nd November 1918. He is also buried in Fairfield Churchyard.

· Alfred's cousin, Pt. 87235 Arthur RILEY, served with the 118th Coy., Machine Gun Corps. He was Killed in Action on the 19th August 1917, and
   is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

· "Buxton, Burbage, Chelmorton, Harpur Hill, Peak Dale, King Sterndale and Wormhill REMEMBERED" - Keith Taylor [2014]
   ISBN 978-1-906789-99-2, p. 362

Commemorated on:
Because of the date of his death Henry's name is not included in any of the Town and local Memorials.
Link to CWGC Record
Henry Cresswell's grave