CARMAN, Alfred James.
civilian details not identified

No.33914, Private Alfred James CARMAN
Aged 36

2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment
formerly 2604, Essex Yeomanry
Killed in Action on Sunday 21st April 1918

Son of James Haywood and Eliza CARMAN (née FOULGER ?). Birth registration not found, could be his mother was Eliza FLATMAN who first married James FOULGER in 1879. He has not been found as Alfred FOULGER.

Not positively identified civilian details. The age given by CWGC matches none of the possibles.
His pension card has dependant James Haywood CARMAN
James Haywood CARMAN married Eliza FOULGER in 1887, then things become hazy when the 1901 census has two sons, James [12] and Alfred [11].
Birth details found are for Cecilia Frances in 1888, James Alfred in 1890, James Frederick 1891, Walter Arthur 1892, Frederick Victor 1897, Edith Ada 1899
James H, and children James A, Walter A and Edith A are all in Clare in 1939 The 1911 census indicates Eliza had 10 children losing 4, but registrations found only for 6 above. This still fails to sort out Alfred.

Hopefully a relative wll come forth wth the necessary clarification

He enlisted in Chelmsford when resident in Battles Bridge, Essex. Battalion in front line 21st April 1918, RIEZ du VINAGE. War Diary has :-
Village fightig still going on. Relieved by 2nd bn Lancs Fusiliers on night of 21/22nd and the battalion occupied position N of RIEZ du VINAGE, less "D" Coy who remained in position between RIEZ du VINAGE and CANAL . Casualties 2/Lts GH Pridmore and J Camplin joined for duty.

CWGC has 13 of the 2nd Essex killed on 21 April 1918, none wth known grave.

photo Rodney Gibson

Alfred Carman is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France panels 85 to 87

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