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Rifleman 9932 Alan PROTHEROE of 5th Bn., London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)

Killed in Action Thursday 3rd December 1914, France & Flanders, age 20

Of:7 Cliveden Road, Wimbledon, Surrey
Born:1894, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Parents:Alice Protheroe and Ernest Henry Protheroe of 8 Mayfield Road, Wimbledon, London
Marital status:Single
Occupation:Clerk, Messrs. Jacobsen, Welsh and Co.
He enlisted in:London
Remembered on:Lancashire Cottage Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium,   I. C. 2.
Link with Hyde:Father had lived in Hyde


A fine swimmer, a great hockey and tennis player, he was "as strenuous in his efforts for King and Country as he was in sport," said the Captain of his Company.

He was shot dead in the trenches, by a German sniper, who immediately afterwards was killed.

Hyde in War Time, 1916, Page 119.

A tragic coincidence is associated with the death of Alan Protheroe of the London Rifle Brigade, says Daily Sketch. He was the son of Ernest Protheroe, author of many books for boys, swimming captain (in fact, one of the best swimmers in Surrey) and an all-round athlete. He heard Kitchener's call on the first day hurried to London, and enlisted in the L.R.B. He was in France in November, and was killed in the trenches in December. Now for the coincidence. He died on the very day that a book of the father's (The British Navy, its Making and its Meaning), dedicated to the son, was published.

Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, 16th January 1915, Page 6, Column 6.