Research and Text by Tatsfield History Project
Born in Benson, Oxfordshire, in 1883, Private Alfred Honey was the son of James & Emma Honey (née Mitchell) of Westmore Green, Tatsfield. In the 1911 census his occupation was hay cutter. He enlisted with the 2nd Battalion, The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
His death is commemorated at the Le Touret Memorial in the Pas de Calais, France, Panel 4 and 5.
The Le Touret Memorial commemorates over 13,400 British soldiers who were killed in this sector of the Western Front from the beginning of October 1914 to the eve of the Battle of Loos in late September 1915 and who have no known grave. Almost all of the men commemorated on the Memorial served with regular or territorial regiments from across the United Kingdom and were killed in actions that took place along a section of the front line that stretched from Estaires in the north to Grenay in the south. This part of the Western Front was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting of the first year of the war, including the battle of Festubert (15 – 25 May 1915).
Alfred Honey’s death was recorded in the Westerham Herald on 5th June 1915.
On the 19th February 1916 the Westerham Herald recorded that his brother, Pte William Honey, had been seriously wounded.
The Westerham Herald of the 1st July 1916 recorded that another brother, Sergeant James Honey, had been gassed.
The Sevenoaks Chronicle of 14th February 1947 reported the death of their father, James, at the age of 87. He had lived in the same house on Westmore Green for 54 years and lost two sons in the First World War.
His name appears on the memorial plaque in St Mary’s Church, Tatsfield.