Alfred Edward Thurlow

1972, Trooper Alfred Edward Thurlow, age 37
Household Battalion
Died 12 October 1917

Trooper 1972, Household Battalion. Died 12/10/1917. 

Alfred was the 4th of 10 children of George Thurlow and Susannah Fairweather. He was born in Felixstowe on September 25, 1880 and baptised at St Peter and St Paul. The family lived at Church Villa Cottage, High Road. In April 1900, Alfred married Louisa Goodchild at St Peter and St Paul. Between 1900- 1911 they had 2 boys and 3 girls. Before the war Alfred was a bricklayer and he and his family were living in High Road, Walton. He sang in the parish choir and during all this time his father George was the Sunday School Superintendent at St Peter & Paul.

In 1917, aged 37, Alfred was called up. His grandson remarked that Alfred,’ joined, 30 days later sent to Europe, 30 days later was dead.’  As part of the Passchendaele battles, Alfred’s battalion attempted to take their objective but were cut down by heavy shell fire. Alfred was killed in action on October 12, 1917.  He has no known grave; he is commemorated at Tyne Cot cemetery. Alfred is also remembered on St Peter and St Paul WW1 Memorial and Felixstowe Seafront Memorial.

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Household Battalion

Alfred Edward Thurlow

Tyne Cot Memorial

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Alfred Thurlow Pension Record