TALBOT, Alfred

16677, Private, Alfred TALBOT
Age 40

Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion
Died on Saturday 7th December 1918

Born in Lakenheath (Mildenhall Q4-1878 4A:598)

1881 census... Aged 2, he was living at Mill Road, Lakenheath with his father- John TALBOT [25] farm labourer; mother- Emma (née GATHERCOLE) [24]; sister- Eliza[3]; sister- Charlotte [1] and great-uncle John GATHERCOLE [51] single farm labourer. All were born in Lakenheath.

1891 census...Aged 12, living at Rumbelow's Farm, Burnt Fen, Lakenheath with his parents, sisters Eliza and Charlotte and six new siblings; George [9], Samuel [8], Hannah [6], John [4], Elizabeth [3] and Emma [5 months] and an uncle, Charles TALBOT [42]. All were Lakenheath born.

1901 census... Aged 22, single, horseman on farm, living at Sandpits, Lakenheath with his parents (father now farmer) brothers George (farm labourer, Samuel (horseman on farm) John, (helper on farm) and sisters Hannah and Elizabeth. Sister Emma had died but there were 4 new siblings: Bertha [8], Sarah [6] Arthur [4] and William [2]. The new children were all Lakenheath born.

1911 census... Aged 32, still single and working on the farm and living at Sandpits, Lakenheath with his parents, brothers Samuel, Arthur and William, and sister Sarah and a new brother Fred [8]. 2 of the 15 children had died.

His younger brother Arthur was killed in 1915:- see here

He enlisted in Brandon .
Alfred must have been detached from the 1st battalion as they were in the Balkans towards the end of the war, being sent to Gallipoli in early November 1918.

The Bury Free Press of 28th December 1918 reported:-

Profound regret is expressed that one of the prisoners of war for Lakenheath for 3 1/2 years should have died on the journey home, and sympathy is felt for the parents and family in their bereavement.
Mr.and Mrs.John Talbot, Station Road, first received news from Prvt Victor Rolph, that their eldest son, Prvt Alfred Talbot, 7th Suffolk Regiment, had been suffering from influenza and was feeling weak when he arrived at Metz on the homeward journey fro Germany, and later reports state that in hospital he was attacked with pneumonia and died on the 7th. He was aged 40.
The deceased soldier enlisted on November 27th 1914, and was sent to France April 3rd 1915. He was taken prisoner May 8th 1915...............

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Alfred is buried in Chambieres French National Cemetery, Metz, France grave 392

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