Alfred John Kalthoeber
G/17256 / 27499, Private, Middlesex Regiment, later Acting Corporal or Corporal, 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
1889, St Pancras district – 15th September 1916, Western Front, killed in action, aged 27
Grave I. H. 50, Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe
Lives of the First World War entry
He was the son of Alfred Henry or Harry Kalthoeber (1856, Marylebone) and Charlotte Sophie Burns (1857, St Pancras), who had married at All Saints’, Camden Town on 11th November 1888. Their address at that time was 5 University Street. She was the daughter of John Burns, a coach sawyer. Alfred Henry was already a carver and gilder, the same profession as his father William Napoleon Kalthoeber (30th December 1816, Westminster – 1896, St Pancras; baptised at All Souls, Marylebone) – this is also Alfred Henry’s profession in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses. The Kalthoebers may have been descended from a family of German bookbinders who immigrated to England late in the 18th century and originally settled on Duchy Lane, just off the Strand.
Alfred John was their only child (or the only child born alive to them, in the phraseology of the 1911 census). In 1891 he was living with his parents at 57 Warren Street – his mother was working as an upholstress. In 1901 all three of them were at 82 Hampstead Road (one of four households at that address), with a 45-year old lodger, Robert Woolls, a carpet planner.
In 1911, Alfred John and his parents were at 65 Stanhope Street, St Pancras, with his mother now working as a needlewoman. He does not appear on the parish magazine’s March 1915 list of those already serving. Alfred John enlisted in London. His parents were living at 24 Hawley Crescent, Kentish Town at the time of his death.