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Date of Death
19 Jun 1915
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Sgt Alfred Albert Camp, 9127, 2nd Battalion Beds Regiment, died on June 19th, 1915, from wounds sustained in action. He was born in 1886 and his family home was at 61 Hastings Street, Luton.
The son of George William and Sarah Camp and one of ten children, Sgt Camp has served with the 2nd Battalion for about eight years and went to the Front in October 1914. The official notice of his death received from the Regimental Record Office said he had received gunshot wounds in the back, arm and head.
Writing to Mr and Mrs Camp, a chaplain at the Highland Casualty Clearing Station said: "I have sad news for you. Your son was brought into this hospital severely wounded in lung and shoulder. Everything possible was done for him by doctors and nurses and a most attentive orderly, and he suffered little pain.
"I was beside his bed, praying quietly, one or twice yesterday. Sister tells me he was most patient, very cheerful and always said he was very comfortable and rather better. In fact, she was evidently quite fond of him and his brave smile.. He passed to his rest in the night, peacefully.
"I shall bury him today in a grave marked H18, in ----- Cemetery, eight miles west of -----. The cemetery is carefully kept, and his grave will soon be marked by a cross bearing his name and regiment."
Before joining the Regulars, Sgt Camp was in the 5th Battalion Beds Regt, and played in the band. Very shortly after he enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, the battalion went out to South Africa. They were there when war was declared, and arrived back in England at the end of September 1914, leaving for France in October.
Sgt Camp had two days leave on arrival in England, and that was the only time his parents had seen him in eight years. He would have been 30 years of age in November 1915.