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Sgt Alfred Chapman Tresham

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Sgt Alfred Chapman Tresham

Birth
Warwick, Warwick District, Warwickshire, England
Death
19 Aug 1943 (aged 77)
Hamilton, Hamilton Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial
Brantford, Brant County Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Plot
Lot 2, Range No. 14, Letter J, N 1/2
Memorial ID
32242196 View Source

Alfred Chapman Tresham was born on March 25, 1866 in Leamington, Warwick, Warwickshire, England. He was trained in military music at Kneller Hall, Twickenham, and served in two English regiments, the 91st Warwickshire and the 62nd Wiltshire. His instrument was the E-flat clarinet.

In 1881, at the age of 15, he was deployed to Cape Town, S.A. during what became known as the "First Boer War," but the short-lived conflict was resolved before he saw any action.

Tresham immigrated to Canada in 1885 and served as a bandsman in the Royal Grenadiers Active Militia, the Infantry School Corp at New Fort Barracks, Toronto, and the 2nd Battalion of the Queen's Own Rifles until 1889. During this period he also tutored and led the Toronto Silver Quartet.

From 1889 until 1895 he worked exclusively in the civilian sector as a commercial artist with J. & J. Taylor Safe Works. During this time he conducted Taylor's Toronto Safe Works Band and, later, the Whitevale Brass Band at the village of Whitevale near Markham. Both of these bands won major competitions in Southern Ontario. While working at Whitevale, Tresham met his future wife, Maria Jane Ireson, whom he married in 1892.

In 1895, Tresham resumed his military career as bandmaster of the 7th Fusiliers in London, Ontario. Two years later, he joined the Dufferin Rifles Active Militia (38th Regiment) in Brantford, Ontario as leader of the Dufferin Rifles Band & Orchestra. This was foremost a military band but it also served in the Brantford-Hamilton area as a symphony orchestra performing light classical music with a slightly expanded roster.

Tresham was invited to join the 2nd Canadian Contingent, Special Services, Royal Canadian Regiment, in the South African War (2nd Boer War). He was deployed as the Sergeant Bugler in October 1899, and saw action deep into Boer territory. He was invalided due to rheumatism the following year.

Upon his return to Canada, Tresham resumed his role with the Dufferin Rifles Band, taking on a vigorous schedule of concerts and band competitions in Southern Ontario and Upper New York State. He also taught music at the Mohawk Institute (a residential school in Brantford) at least until 1903.

He resigned from the Dufferin Rifles Band & Orchestra and from military life generally in June 1911 due to health concerns. At that time he opened a grocery business in Hamilton which he operated for many years. During his time in Hamilton he was often called upon to judge brass band competitions. He died in Hamilton of natural causes on August 19, 1943 and was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Brantford.

Alfred Chapman Tresham was born on March 25, 1866 in Leamington, Warwick, Warwickshire, England. He was trained in military music at Kneller Hall, Twickenham, and served in two English regiments, the 91st Warwickshire and the 62nd Wiltshire. His instrument was the E-flat clarinet.

In 1881, at the age of 15, he was deployed to Cape Town, S.A. during what became known as the "First Boer War," but the short-lived conflict was resolved before he saw any action.

Tresham immigrated to Canada in 1885 and served as a bandsman in the Royal Grenadiers Active Militia, the Infantry School Corp at New Fort Barracks, Toronto, and the 2nd Battalion of the Queen's Own Rifles until 1889. During this period he also tutored and led the Toronto Silver Quartet.

From 1889 until 1895 he worked exclusively in the civilian sector as a commercial artist with J. & J. Taylor Safe Works. During this time he conducted Taylor's Toronto Safe Works Band and, later, the Whitevale Brass Band at the village of Whitevale near Markham. Both of these bands won major competitions in Southern Ontario. While working at Whitevale, Tresham met his future wife, Maria Jane Ireson, whom he married in 1892.

In 1895, Tresham resumed his military career as bandmaster of the 7th Fusiliers in London, Ontario. Two years later, he joined the Dufferin Rifles Active Militia (38th Regiment) in Brantford, Ontario as leader of the Dufferin Rifles Band & Orchestra. This was foremost a military band but it also served in the Brantford-Hamilton area as a symphony orchestra performing light classical music with a slightly expanded roster.

Tresham was invited to join the 2nd Canadian Contingent, Special Services, Royal Canadian Regiment, in the South African War (2nd Boer War). He was deployed as the Sergeant Bugler in October 1899, and saw action deep into Boer territory. He was invalided due to rheumatism the following year.

Upon his return to Canada, Tresham resumed his role with the Dufferin Rifles Band, taking on a vigorous schedule of concerts and band competitions in Southern Ontario and Upper New York State. He also taught music at the Mohawk Institute (a residential school in Brantford) at least until 1903.

He resigned from the Dufferin Rifles Band & Orchestra and from military life generally in June 1911 due to health concerns. At that time he opened a grocery business in Hamilton which he operated for many years. During his time in Hamilton he was often called upon to judge brass band competitions. He died in Hamilton of natural causes on August 19, 1943 and was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Brantford.


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IN MEMORY OF
ALFRED C. TRESHAM
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
MARIA JANE IRESON
1866-1943


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