Alfred George Finch

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 202918
Rank: Private
Regiment: Dorsetshire
Battalion: 1st
Died: 3rd October 1918 aged 19 / 20 years
Death location: Killed in action in France


Life before the War
Alfred was born in Southampton in 1898, he was the son of Alfred and Grace and at the time of the 1901 census was 3 years old and living with his parents and younger brother William (born 1900) at 9 King Street, Southampton.  Alfred Senior worked as a Jobbing Bricklayer.

Also listed at this address were  Alfred’s grandparents, George and Harriet Finch.  George, born in Nottinghamshire in 1839, gives his occupation as Shoemaker.  Other family members living at 9 King Street at the time of this Census were Harriet Tratt (nee Finch), Samuel Bundy (widowed brother-in-law of George Finch), plus a boarder Emma Edmonds.

By the 1911 census Alfred and Grace were living at 27 Bond Street, Northam, Southampton together with their family, Alfred George (now aged 13), William (aged 11) and 3 more sons George (born 1903), Arthur (born 1905) and Edward (born 1908).  Alfred Senior was employed as a House Painter.  Alfred George is listed as being at school and also working part time as a News Boy.

Military  Service
Alfred served as a  Private in the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment.  The 1st Battalion saw action on the Western Front throughout the War, the first soldiers arriving in Le Havre on 16th August, 1914.

Alfred  was killed in action on 3rd October 1918 and is remembered on the Vis-en-Artus Memorial (Memorial Panel 7).  The memorial, situated in the Pas de Calais, honours the 9834 casualties who fell between 8th August, 1918 and  the end of the war.  The memorial, designed by J. R. Truelove and Ernest Gillick, was unveiled on 4th August, 1930.


Researcher: Jan Thorn
Published.: 18th January 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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