Tritton, Alan George

The fifth and youngest son of Joseph Herbert Tritton of Lyons Hall, Great Leighs, Essex and Lucy Jane Tritton, the daughter of Henry Abel Smith, a banker, he came to Winchester from Cheam School. In his last year he was a Commoner Prefect and in Sixth Book.

He passed into Sandhurst in 1899, was gazetted to the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards shortly after the outbreak of the South African War and was sent to the Cape in 1901 in command of the Coldstream Company of the Guards Mounted Infantry. He subsequently acted as Adjutant to the 3rd Battalion in Egypt, and later as ADC to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command. He went to France with the 3rd Battalion in the original British Expeditionary Force, in command of 4 Company, Coldstream Guards. His second-in-command was fellow OW, Captain Stephen John Burton (C 1896-1900, killed in action at Ypres 20th July 1917 – see individual entry).

He first saw action at Landrecies on 25th/26th August 1914 where another OW, Lieutenant Robert Cornwallis Maude, Viscount Hawarden (B 1904-1908), was killed (see individual entry). Tritton is mentioned in the War Diary as playing a conspicuous part in the fighting that night. He was wounded on 1st September 1914 at Villers-Cotterets shortly before the Battle of the Marne. The action that day is described fully in “Fifteen Rounds a Minute” by J M Craster (Macmillan 1976).   2nd Lieutenant George Edward Cecil (B 1909-1912) Grenadier Guards was killed in this action (see individual entry), and Burton was wounded. On 22nd December the battalion marched to Bethune, moving into trenches at Rue de L’Epubette the following day. He fell in action on 26th December 1914. The war diary gives no information other than the fact of his death. He is buried in grave I.B.11 of Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-l’Avoue. He was twice mentioned in Despatches, once posthumously.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Tritton
  • Forenames or initials: Alan George
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1895-1899
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Coldstream Guards
  • Date of Birth: 28th January 1882
  • Date of Death: 26th December 1914
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A4
  • Decoration: NA