(1892 - 1917)
DATE OF BIRTH:
14th December 1892
YEARS ATTENDED THE COLLEGE:
1903 - 1910
HOME ADDRESS WHEN AT THE COLLEGE:
94 Alleyn Road, West Dulwich
15th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
DATE OF DEATH:
20th September 1917
AGE AT DEATH:
WHERE HE DIED (or was wounded)
LOCATION OF GRAVE OR MEMORIAL:
Tyne Cot Memorial. Panel 88 to 90 and 162.
Lieutenant Alfred Courtenay Bender
Alfred was born on December 14th 1892, the eighth and youngest child of civil engineer Charles Bender and his wife Nancy; he and all four of his elder brothers would all go on to attend the College. Tragically for the family, Charles passed away in early 1903, months before Alfred and his immediately preceding brother Otto started at Dulwich. After spending seven years at Dulwich, Alfred went on to Queen’s College, Oxford, graduating in the summer of 1914 with a B.A. and an intention to attend Theological College.
The declaration of War however led to a change of plans, and Alfred instead volunteered, joining the Public Schools Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. In May 1915 he was given a commission, and transferred to the 15th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment, which was at that time newly created and being populated with recruits, largely from the Portsmouth area. In January 1916 he was promoted to Lieutenant, and in April of that year he went over to the Front for the first time, serving at Ploegsteert until he was wounded in July and invalided home. He returned to France in late 1916, in order to serve as Adjutant for the X Corps Reinforcement Camp, a position he held until returning to the Hampshires in April 1917. He was part of the successful assault on Messines Ridge in July, and was leading an attack on an objective during the capture of the Menin Ridge on September 20th when he was shot in the head, dying instantaneously.