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Rifleman Alwyne Herbrand "Bert" Chubb

R/16435 10th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps

Rifleman ChubbSon of Mr Thomas Crewes & Mrs Mary Matilda Chubb

Aged 20 years

Died 5th September 1916

Commemorated at La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie
Grave II. B.72


Born at Ampthill, enlisted at Rushden.

From the Burnt Records, Peter Inns & Kay Collins

When he enlisted on 8th November 1915 aged 20, Alwyne was a shoe hand living with his parents at Ivy Cottage, 8 Queen Street, and he worked as a shoe hand. He was 5' 3" tall, weighed 114 pounds, chest 33½" (2" expansion) and of fair physical development, and had been born at Ampthill in Bedfordshire. In March he went to Etaples, France and was wounded on 3rd September 1916 and die two days later.

His effects sent to his mother and were listed as a silver watch and strap (broken), pipe, match box, metal watch (broken), toy soldier, reel of thread, ball of wool, comb, tobacco pouch, cigarette lighter (broken), metal ring, letters, cards, photos and a linen bag.

The Rushden Echo Friday 12 November 1915, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Patriotic Rushden Family

Amongst the recruits this week are Mr Bert Chubb, of New Estate, Wymington and Mr Alwyne Chubb, of Queen-street, Rushden, who enlisted in the King's Royal Rifles. They are the sons of Mr T C Chubb, of Ivy cottage, Queen-street, Rushden, who has now all his three sons and one son-in-law serving their king and country. The other son, bugler W Chubb of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, is stationed hi the Isle of Wight, after having been invaded home from the front, and the son-in-law is Pte E J Whiteman, at present serving on his Majesty's ship "Somali".

The Rushden Echo, 11th August 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Rushden Soldier in Hospital - Rifleman Bert Chubb - Wounded in the Right Ankle

Rifleman Bert Chubb, of the King's Royal Rifles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chubb, of Ivy Cottage, Queen-street, Rushden, is wounded in the right ankle and has been brought to England. He is now in hospital at Norwich. His brother Rifleman Alwyne Chubb, of the same regiment, was with Bert at the time that he received his injuries, but happily Alwyne, who has just come out of hospital in France, where he has been lying ill, escaped unhurt. In a letter to his parents, Bert mentions that his brother Alwyne was with him when he received his wound.

The Rushden Echo Friday 15 September 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rifleman A Chubb Succumbs to Wounds - Cousins Killed

Mr and Mrs T C Chubb, 8 Queen-street, Rushden, received official news yesterday that their youngest son, 16435 Rifleman A Chubb, King's Royal Rifles, had succumbed to wounds received in action in France. The official document was accompanied by the usual letter of sympathy from the King and Queen.

The news came as a great shock to the parents as they had received no warning even that he had been wounded, moreover, they received a letter from him as recently as Thursday last week. That was dated Sept. 2nd. He died on Sept 5th, two days before his 21st birthday.

The late Rifleman Chubb enlisted on Nov. 9th 1915, and went to France last February. Prior to leaving Rushden, he was employed at the CWS works. He was a member of the Congregational Football Club and the Band club Male Choir. Mr and Mrs Chubb have one other son in the army, Rifleman Bert Chubb, of the KRR's who was wounded in July and is now in Norwich Hospital making good progress. Yet another son, Bugler W A Chubb, DCLI, went through the retreat from Mons and was subsequently invalided home with dysentery. He is now out of the Army, being time-expired. A son-in-law, Pte E J Whiteman, is doing good service in the NSBR, on HMS Karapara. Mrs Whiteman, New Wymington, received news yesterday that Pte W T Bott, 14849, Northants Regt, a cousin of Rifleman A Chubb, is now listed as killed.

The Rushden Echo Friday 6 October 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier Victim

Mr and Mrs T C Chubb and family, of Ivy Cottage, Queen-street, Rushden, desire to thank their many friends for their letters of sympathy in the loss they have sustained of their dearly loved and youngest son, Rifleman Alwyne Chubb, KRR, who died of wounds in France.

The Rushden Echo Friday 7 September 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

In Memoriam

CHUBB - In loving memory of Alwyne Herbrand Chubb (Rifleman, King's Royal Rifles), who died of wounds received on the Somme, Sept. 5th, 1916. Aged 20 years. From his sorrowing parents, Mr and Mrs T C Chubb (Queen-street, Rushden), Family and Miss F Neal.

Only a step removed
And that step - into bliss;
Our own, our dearly beloved,
Whom here on Earth we miss.

CHUBB - In proud and loving memory of our dear brother Rifleman Alwyne H Chubb, KRR, who died of wounds in France, Sept. 5th, 1916.

One long year has passed away,
Since our great sorrow fell;
But in our heart we mourn the loss
Of Him we loved so well.
But we have one consolation.
He bravely did his best.
"Somewhere in France" our dear brother sleeps.
A hero laid to rest.

Sister Flo, F M and Arthur Whiteman, New Estate, Wymington.

The Rushden Echo Friday 13 September 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

In Memoriam

CHUBB - In loving memory of our darling, Alwyne, Rifleman A. H. Chubb, K.R.R.'s, who died of wounds received in the service of his King and Country, Sept. 5th, 1916.

He suffered and bled and died,
No loved one by his side
None to raise his dying head,
None to hear the last words he said.

Mother, Father, Sisters and Brothers, Ivy Cottage, Queen-street, Rushden.

The Rushden Echo Friday 31 October 1919, transcribed by Nicky Bates

In Memoriam

CHUBB - In ever loving memory of Thomas Crewes Chubb (late of Ivy Cottages, Queen st.) who died Oct. 25th, 1918;also Alwyne Herbrand Chubb (late of 10th King's Royal Rifles), dearly loved son of the above who died in France Sept. 5th, 1916 of wounds received in action.

Never shall our memories fade,
Around the graves where they are laid.
Some day we hope to meet them,
Some day, we know not when;
To clasp their hands in a better land,
Never to part again.

From Mrs Chubb and family, Ivy Cottages, Queen-street, Rushden.


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