ALDANA Juan Manuel
Regiment : 12th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : J0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 21st April 1917 aged 21
Buried : Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt, France, Grave I. B. 33.
Relatives : Son of Abelards and Eliza Halliday Aldana, 32 Park Avenue, Porthcawl, Glamorgan
Memorial : Worcester Kings School War Memorial for School House
Also appears on : Worcester Kings School WW1 Memorial. Worcester Cathedral Cloister Windows Kings School.
Lieut., Worcester Regt.
Born, Sept. 7, 1894. Killed in France, April 20, 1917.
Juan Aldana, the only surviving son of A. Aldana, Esq., Chilian Consul at Cardiff, entered the Hostel in the Fourth Form from the Cathedral School, Llandaff, in January, 1909. He soon showed great promise at sports, and proved one of the best cricketers and freest hitters of recent years; indeed he was an all-round athlete of exceptional merit: he represented the School for four years in cricket (Captain, 1911-1912), two years at football, and two years in the School IV., was Captain Of Fives and Sergeant. In the O.T.C. he left from the Sixth Form in 1913 for Keble College, Oxford, to prepare for the Consular Service. In October, 1914, he took a temporary commission in the Worcester Regiment, and in the following year was promoted Lieutenant. He was wounded in France in October, 1916, and killed by a shell which fell in his dug-out in April last. A fellow officer writes of him: “He was beloved by his men and all his fellow officers, and showed a high standard of courage and duty at all times.” He was a keen O.V., and a regular correspondent with his old School.
W. H. C.
Source for additional information: The Vigornian, June 1917, No.89, Vol.VIII
Second Lieutenant J.M. Aldana was wounded during the Battle of the Transloy Ridges on the Somme in October 1916. From April 15th – 19th 1917, the battalion was resting in the cellars of Arras, leaving the city during the afternoon of 19th April. Heavy shellfire across the intended route at Feuchy Chapel delayed all the companies but eventually the bombardment slackened and the allotted reserve trenches were occupied just before dark. Those trenches were close to the positions of the British heavy guns and were heavily bombarded the next day resulting in the loss of several officers including Lieutenant Juan Aldana.
Source for additional information: The Worcestershire Regiment in the Great War, by Captain H. FitzM. Stacke., 1928.
A photograph of Lieutenant J.M. Aldana can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 12th May 1917, available at Worcestershire Archives.