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Albert and Charles Kerchey

Albert and Charles Kerchey were brothers.

Albert George Kerchey

Private 21175 10th Battalion, South Wales Borderers
Died 16 January 1916 aged 26
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in the Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie, Pas de Calais, France
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary’s Church
Remembered on Tredegar Memorial in Bedwellty Park Tredegar Gwent

Albert Kerchey was born is Ash and baptised at St Michael’s Church Aldershot 19 December 1889, the son of George (a labourer) and Sarah Annie Kerchey of Aldershot. The censuses record that in 1891 the family lived in Cove. In 1911 Albert was boarding with a family in Tredegar in Monmouthshire in Wales and was a “coal miner hewer”. Albert married Annie James in St Georges Church, Tredegar, on Christmas Day 1912.

Albert’s medals card records that he went to France 2 December 1915 and was awarded the 1914/15 Star. His medals, papers and photos are in the care of the South Wales Borderers Museum in Brecon.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Albert Kerchey was the husband of A.E. Kerchey of 36 Queen Street, Tredegar, Monmouthshire.

Charles Kerchey

Driver T4/308904 22nd Auxilliary Horse Coy., Army Service Corps. attd. 257th Tunnelling Coy., Royal Engineers
Died 11 November 1918 aged 20
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in the Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary’s Church
Remembered on the Ash Vale School Memorial

Charlie Kerchey was Albert’s youngest brother. He was baptised at St Michael’s Church Aldershot 1 December 1898, and by then his family was living at The Stubbs, Aldershot.

The census records that in 1911 the family were living in 2 Inkerman Cottage, Stubbs, Aldershot, with their two youngest sons Henry and Charlie.

Charles enlisted at Guildford 9 March 1917, and his address was 7 Heather Cottages, Ash Vale. He was a gardener and was 5 feet 5˝ inches tall. He went to France 15 August 1917. A form completed for the Ash War Memorial committee states that Charlie Kerchey served for 1 year and 9 months. He died at No 54 Casualty Clearing Station France.

In 1918 George and Sarah A Kerchey were still recorded as living at 7 Heather Cottages, Frimley Road, Ash Vale on the electoral register. Mrs Kerchey donated 7/- for the War Memorial.

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