MANN, Alfred

No.24447, Private, Alfred MANN
Aged 23

7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Sunday, 3rd September 1916

Alfred Mann was born in Soham on 25th December 1892 (Newmarket Q1-1893 3B:514), baptised in Soham on 3rd February 1893, son of Edward and Caroline Agnes MANN (née HAYHOE) of Red Row, Soham.

1901 census... Aged 8, he was at Millcroft, Soham with his father Edward MANN [34] bricklayer's labourer; his mother Caroline [32], born Brixton; brothers Ernest [9], William [6], Charles [5] and Sidney [2]; sisters Eleanor [4] and Elsie [1]. All except his mother were born in Soham.

1911 census...Aged 18, a farm labourer, he was at East Fen Common, Soham with his parents; brothers Ernest, William, Charles (all labourers), Sidney, Stanley Frank [4] and Walter Percy [2]; sisters Eleanor Kate, Elsie, Edith Kate [9], Ethel [8], Alice Mabel [6] and Doris May [3]. All the new siblings were born in Soham. All 13 children borne by Caroline were surviving.

His younger brother Charles was killed just 10 days later, 13th September 1916. see here

Enlisted in Newmarket.
The war diary records that the battalion was relieved at Longueval on 2nd and returned to old trenches to Mametz having lost 30 OR killed, 13 missing and 114 wounded in the period 31st August-2nd September. Presumably this was when Alfred was wounded.

Local press report:-
Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Mann, of East Fen Common, were officially notified on Monday that their second son, Pte.Alfred Mann, Northants Regt.,died from wounds in France. No other particulars are as yet to hand, so it is to be supposed that death occurred before he was brought to the base hospital or dressing station. The late Pte. Mann enlisted on April 3rd 1916, and had only been in France about a month.. Mr.and Mrs.Mann have three other sons serving in the Army. Ernest, who belongs to the R.A.M.C. is at Guildford War Hospital, Corpl.Wm.Mann is at the front with the Royal Fusiliers, and Lance-Corpl.Charlie Mann is also at the front with the Suffolks."

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Alfred Mann is buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, grave 2:D:10

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