Alfred Robert Wilson

Alfred was born in Shotesham, Norfolk in 1895. His parents were Edith (nee Tuddenham) and Arthur Henry Wilson. He was baptised in All Saints Church, Shotesham on 8 December 1895. At that time his father was a shopkeeper.

His siblings were Daisy Edith born 1894

Laura born 1898

 Cecil born 1902

Ethel born 1905

Gertrude born 1910

The family were living in the Street in Shotesham All Saints in 1901. They moved to live in Saxlingham Nethergate. The family were there in 1911 and his father Arthur was working as a gardener.

In 1911 Alfred was living with his aunt and uncle, Charles and Martha Land at 134 Felixstowe Road, Ipswich. Alfred was a carpenter apprentice.

In the First World war he was in the Labour Corps, Service number 482288. His service records have not survived but according to the Absent Voters List in 1919 he was in 833rd Area Emp.Co.

Men who were in the Labour Corps were medically unfit for front line fighting. They often however worked within the range of the enemy guns and many were injured and killed.  In 1917 Area Employment Companies were formed for salvage work. It is assumed that he was in one of these. It is not known where he served.

He returned to Saxlingham Nethergate after the war and in 1921 he was living with his parents.

He died in March 1927.

Nothing else is known about his service career or his life after returning home.


England & Wales, Birth, marriage, death index 1837-2005

UK Census Collection

British Army Medal Roll Index cards.

Norfolk Electoral Rolls-Southern Division Saxlingham Nethergate and Thorpe,  (Absent Voters Lists 1918-1920)

Norfolk, Church of England Diocesan Baptismal Records, Shotesham All Saints.

History of the Labour Corps-

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