Gunner Alfred Barton, my father, Service Number L1526, Regiment 41st D.A.C., R.F.A., enlisted at Finsbury Barracks on 26th October 1915.
He took part in the Army Boxing Championships and reached the final in his weight category when he fought against the famous Bombardier Wells who beat him. I believe this took place in 1915.
I would to know if any records of this are available.
As a gunner he was wounded four times and hospitalised in England.
On one occasion he was buried alive for two days. I have his Soldiers Small Book with traces of his blood on it.
He served as a firefighter for Odhams Press during WW2 and lived to the age of nearly 80 with a daughter, myself and two grandchildren.
Heather Collins commented
Great story. Your father is on the site here https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/225959 so you can add this story as "personal knowledge".
As far as I know the Army Boxing Championships weren't held during wartime, but there were plenty of Regimental and Divisional ones and it was most likely one of those. Sometimes they are mentioned in the Unit War Diaries, but you'd have to look at the diary of the right unit and it may not be easy to find. Hopefully if his name is mentioned, the current IWM Project to tag all names in all the diaries will eventually find him. Fingers crossed for you!