HENSBY, Alfred

No.242394, Private, Alfred HENSBY
Aged 28

1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
formerly No.5320 1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters
Killed in Action on Friday 11th May 1917

Alfred Hensby was born in 1888 (Mildenhall Q3-1888 4A:695), son of Marshall and Eliza HENSBY (née BONNETT).

1891 census...Aged 3, he was at the Cottage, Burnt Fen with his father Marshall HENSBY [52] farm labourer born Lakenheath; his mother Eliza [48] born Littleport; brothers John E [21] and Arthur J [17], both farm labourers, William G [7]and Marshal E [5]; sisters Betsy J [15], Elizabeth S [12] and Alice M [9]. All the children were born in Mildenhall.

1901 census:Aged 12, living at Flanders Farm, Lakenheath with his father, mother (now recorded as born at Burnt Fen, Ely), sister Mary and brothers- Arthur, William and Marshall. All the children are now recorded as born in Lakenheath.

1911 census...Aged 23, a farm labourer, he was at Burnt Fen with his parents and niece Jessie Maud HENSBY [9] born Lakenheath. His brother Marshall had joined the Royal Engineers in 1907, but died in Chichester of septicaemia on 18th June 1908. Brother William was in the Army Service Corps.

The pension card has the family still at Flanders Farm.

Enlisted in Bury St Edmunds.
On the 11th May 1917 the 1st/6th Battalion,Sherwood Foresters were at Petitt Sains, four were killed and ten wounded. On the 12th May the Battalion was relieved by the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and moved into Reserves in dugouts at Cite St Pierre.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Alfred Hensby is buried in Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay grave 2:P:23
and also commemorated on the war memorials in Lakenheath and Mildenhall

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