The following information has been kindly supplied by Peter Hannah
Alfred George Brown was born on the 26th March 1883, the 4th of five children to Alfred Brown (b.1851) and Mary Ann (b.1856, maiden name unknown, possibly Brewer) Their other 4 children were, Emily M (b.1878) Jessie M (b.1880) Elizabeth E M (b.1881) and Harry W (b.1885)
The above photograph shows him in his football kit (team unknown) and was sup- plied to me by his descendants living in Australia.
The first two children were born in Rotherhithe and the last three in Wimbledon. Alfred followed his father’s occupation as a “Lather” in the building trade. This has something to do with putting up boards and partitions in homes ready for plastering. Census records for 1891 had the family living at 81 Haydons Rd, Wimbledon, the 1901 Census at 162 South Park Rd, South Wimbledon and the 1911 Census at 31 Kingston Rd, Wimbledon, however by that time all the children had moved out.
1st World War
Alfred enlisted on the 21st July 1915, Regimental No. 13271, 13th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. His service records confirmed he was 5ft 9in tall, his girth when fully expanded was 37 inches and it would appear that he had 4 large vaccination marks as under distinctive marks it states 4 L. Vaccs.
At the time he was living at 115 Rowans Terrace, Mitcham with Ellen and his two children.
He was posted to France on the 3rd June 1916, however, before leaving for the battle field on the 1st June, like a lot of soldiers were encourage to do, he wrote out his Will as follows:
He was killed in Action on the 13th October 1916, just over 4 months after arriving on the front.
My original investigations into where he was killed led me to believe that he may have been involved in the Battle of the Transloy Ridges, part of the Battles of the Somme, as this took place at the time of his death and Transloy is not that far from where he is buried. However, the recent publication of the War Diaries and in particular those of the 13th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, confirmed that in October 1916 they were based in Mazingarbe where they were involved in heavy fighting in the nearby area of Hulluch, which is about 4 to 5 miles from Marzingarbe.
The entry for the 13th October 1916 confirmed 1 o r killed and 1 o r died of wounds. I believe that o r could stand for ordinary recruit*, but I am not sure. But it must be a strong possibility that one of these two soldiers was Alfred.
The diaries go on to mention Philosophe and it is the Philosophe British Cemetery, Marzingarbe where Alfred was buried.
Part of Alfred’s war records include a letter from the Ministry of Pensions dated 15th May 1917 confirming that Alfred’s widow Ellen would receive a War Pension of 22/11 (22 shillings and 11 pence) a week for herself and her two children, with effect from the 14th July 1917. Ellen would also have received Alfred’s two War Medals, The British War Medal and the Victory Medal along with the following Scroll and Plaque:
The date of death on this copy is incorrect and I’m not sure if these details would have been quoted on the original document.
What happened to Alfred’s War Medals, the Scroll and Plaque following the death of Ellen in 1929 is unsure.