Lt Col
Ernest Alfred Brooke Alston

Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Sandgate, Kent, England, United Kingdom

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Lieutenant Colonel
Service number:
 —  Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 10th Bn.  (Attached)
 —  Northamptonshire Regiment attd. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 10th Bn. (Attached as Divisional Pioneer Bn.)  (Attached)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Dunkerque, Nord, France
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery
Plot: 2
Row: B
Grave: 21

Distinctions and medals 3

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Place of death (approximate)

My story

On August 11th 1917, shortly after midnight, the vicinity of the military camp (R.33.a.4.8.) was shelled. At 1.30 a.m. the shelling became more localised. At 1.45 a.m. a shell struck the HeadQuarter mess, localised near Dunkirk, several miles behind the frontline. At the HeadQuarter mess, Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Alfred Brooke Alston, Major G. B. Stratton and Lieutenant Adjutant H. L. Slingsby were asleep, when it was struck. Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Alfred Brooke was one of the people who were instantaneously killed. He was originally buried in St. George's Cemetery, Newport, Dunkirk before his reburial in Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery.

Sources 2

10 Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Pioneers) (The National Archives, KEW (TNA), WO 95/1335/1.
Sources used
Tonbridge School, Tonbridge School and the Great War of 1914-1919. A record of the services of Tonbridgians in the Great War of 1914 to 1919 (Londen en Tonbridge, The Whitefriars Press Ltd.,1923) p. 11-12, 371-372.
Sources used

More information 3