Regiment : 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service number : 9860
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 16th May 1915
Buried : Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, France, Panel 6.
Birthplace : Born Old Swinford, Worcestershire, resident Stourbridge, enlisted Warwick
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society. Service records and birth registration researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
Alfred Blick was born at Oldswinford and was a pre-war regular in the Warwicks. He was in the 2nd Battalion in the 7th Division and had been promoted to Sergeant. They arrived in France in October 1914 and went straight to the defence of Ypres, fighting at Langemarck and Gheluvelt. They spent the winter in Artois and then took part in the Spring offensive of Sir John French. At Neuve Chapelle in March they played a minor role, but led the attack at Festubert which started on the 15th May. The attack over flat country seized the first line of German defences, but advanced no further. Enemy machine guns and artillery caused great numbers of casualties and Sergeant Alfred Blick was killed in action on the 16th May. He is aso commemorated on Stourbridge Methodist church.
Alfred Blick enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps at Stourbridge as Private, Service No 8144 on 17th June 1893. He gave his place of birth as Old Swinford, Stourbridge, Worcester, his age as 18 and his occupation as a Stoker. Alfred was 5 feet 7¼ inches tall with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. His next of kin is shown as Eliza Blick, Enville St, Stourbridge.
Alfred’s service record shows he was appointed Lance Corporal on 11th March 1897, transferred to Reserve on 4th October 1898, recalled to Army Service and on 9th October 1899, saw service in South Africa from 4th November 1899 to 25th September 1902 where he was promoted to Corporal on 23rd October 1901, extended his service to 12 years and rejoined the colours on 25th November 1902, was appointed Lance Sergeant on 17th September 1903, reverted to a Corporal on 22nd April 1904 an was discharged from the army on 16th June 1905 on the expiration of 12 years Colour Service.
Alfred Blick has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Le Touret Memorial.