Alfred Summers

Alfred Spencer Mason Summers

Personal Details

Alfred Spencer Mason Summers, born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire on 6 April 1886, the only son of the late Rt Hon James Woolley Summers, M.P., J.P. and Mrs Edith Summers of Emral Hall, Worthenbury, Flintshire, Wales.

Husband to Edith Mimi Summers (nee Poole) (married 9 July 1914) and father of John David. Edith remarried to Major Sir Bache McEvers Athole Hay, 11th Baronet in 1919.

Alfred attended Eton School, going up to Trinity College, Cambridge. He appears on the memorials at both institutions. He obtained his flying certificate from the Aero Club in 1915.

Alfred was mentioned in dispatches.

Military Details

Regiment : 19th (Queen Alexandra’s Own Royal) Hussars, attached to 60th Squadron Royal Flying Corps
Rank : Captain (Pilot)
Service Number :

Killed in action; France 15 September 1916 Aged 30

Medals and Awards
Alfred was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality 5 January 1917

Report in the North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality 5 January 1917 regarding the death of Alfred Spencer Mason Summers

“Previously reported missing on the 15th September 1916, now reported killed whilst attacking hostile balloon, Captain Alfred Spencer Mason Summers, Hussars, attached Royal Flying Corps, only son of the late J. W. Summers, M.P., and Mrs Summers, of Emral Hall, Worthenbury, N. Wales, and very dearly loved husband of Judith Summers, aged 30.”

North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality 5 January 1917

Will of Alfred Spencer Mason Summers
Summers: Alfred Spencer Mason Summers of Emral Hall Worthenbury Flintshire captain Royal regiment of Hussars died 15 September 1916 in France Probate London 26 June to Judith Mimi Summers widow and Walter Summers and John Clerk Brown esquires. Effects £81624 16s.

Taken from Forces War Records

More information about Alfred Spencer Mason Summers is available from Flintshire War Memorials.

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