LAST, Alfred
Strongly believed to be William LAST

No.541, Private, Alfred LAST
Aged 35

1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers
Killed in Action on Monday, 14th September 1914

So far unable to ascertain his civilian identity other than son of Mrs Susan Last, 7 Providence Place and then Almshouses, Long Row, Bury St.Edmunds

The confusion here is that Susan LAST (née GRIMWOOD), of 7 Providence Place, Bury St.Edmunds on his pension card, was the widow of Arthur LAST .

They were at 7 Providence Place in the 1901 census with sons William [21] a grocer's carman, Charles [19] a labourer; daughter Matilda [8]. Daughter Agnes was a servant in Walthamstow and Edith was away as servant in Bury St.Edmunds.

In 1891 Arthur and Susan were at 7 School Hall Yard with sons William [11], Charles [9] daughters Agnes [6] and Edith Florence [3].

In 1881 Arthur and Susan were at 3 Providence Place with son William [1]

Nowhere is there evidence of a son named Alfred. William seems to fit in age wise. All the documents seen tend to point to Alfred actually being William.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds before the started.
4th September 1914..At 5:30 am the battalion marched out to support the 4th R Fusiliers who were in an outpost position close to the enemy on the road to ROUGEMAISON FARM due N of VAILLY. A position was taken up in continuation of and to the left of that occupied by the R Fusiliers. In taking up this position the enemy was encountered in some force and the gun fire to which our artillery could not reply was { ? ?}.
C company was on the right and took up an advanced position from which they had to retire with some loss. A and B Coys under Capt [ ? ] were engaged in wood fighting on our extreme left but had to retire from the advanced position they had taken up to the general line taken up by the Brigade which in one part of the position was marked by the line of a sunken road running due E and West.
Our casualties this day were very heavy especially in officers
The battalion [exhausted ?] the position taken up and gained touch with the 8th Brigade on our left and the R Scots Fusiliers on our right. Towards mid-night the enemy made a half hearted attack but withdrew after a few minutes firing.

CWGC have 30 of the battalion killed that day, only 5 with known graves.

The map reference not recognised. It looks as if Alfred was initially entered on the La Ferte Memorial
and when his body was found he was buried in Chauny in 1929

photo C.W.G.C.

Alfred Last is buried in Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension, France 6:A:15

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