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Alfred Bengough Neal was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of Alfred and Ada Neal. I assumed his rather unusual middle name may have been his mother’s maiden name, but this was Humphries. In 1901 the family were living at 2 Ash Street, together with Alfred’s brother Harry and sisters Annie, Miriam and Nellie.

Alfred enlisted in the 8th Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (number 35192). On 25 January 1917, he was listed in the Express & Star as having been wounded. He died later that year, on the 29 August. Whether this was from the same wounds or whether he recovered from the earlier ones, is unclear. By this date his parent’s address was given as 92 Ash Street. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, as well as on the Compton Road Memorial and that for Cable Street Mills.

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