Alfred Trattle

Alfred Trattle and his brother-in-law Jesse Wright, both killed at the Battle of Vimy Ridge
Alfred Trattle and his brother-in-law Jesse Wright, both killed at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, May 1917
Warren Sommer speaking about Alfred Trattle at Bow Church
Warren Sommer speaking about Alfred Trattle at Bow Church
Warren Sommer and Rector Debbie Frazer in front of the Holy Trinity Mile End war memorial
Warren Sommer and Rector Debbie Frazer in front of the Holy Trinity Mile End war memorial
Warren Sommer and Andrew Sargent at Bow Church
Warren Sommer and Andrew Sargent at Bow Church
Bow Church Procession for presentation of chalice in memory of Alfred Trattle
Bow Church Procession for presentation of chalice in memory of Alfred Trattle

Alfred Trattle is one of the men remembered on our First World War memorials. He was born in Mile End in 1888 and baptised in Holy Trinity Church. In 1910 he married Emma, a farmer’s daughter from Buckinghamshire, and soon afterwards emigrated with her family to Canada.

Alfred and Emma made their home in Fort Langley, but in 1916 Alfred volunteered to serve with the Canadian Army. In May 1917 he was killed at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. His brother in law, Jesse Wright, was killed in the same battle.
In August 2018 we were delighted to welcome Warren Sommer and his wife to our church. Warren spoke about Alfred’s life and, on behalf of the Langley Centennial Museum,  presented a communion cup to the church in Alfred’s memory.
You can find out more about Alfred and his family in our book Remembering Men of Mile End and Bow  (Bow Church, 2017) edited by Andrew Sargent and Joy Wotton, Illustrated throughout in full colour.

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