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Alfred Lathe was born in Heath Town, Wolverhampton, in 1894 (although his name was registered as “Albert”), the son of Isaac Lathe and Caroline Bissell. In 1901 he was living with his grandmother, Ann Lathe, at 148 March End, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton. Here he is listed as Alfred Bisel Lathe. By 1911 he was living at 110 March End, Wednesfield, together with his parents, sisters Louisa, Alice, Ada, Ann and Edith, and brothers Isaac and John. Alfred was listed as a labourer, employed in a steel tube factory.

From 4 October 1914 he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9192) but he was unfortunately killed in action on 2 November 1914. On the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site and on the Wednesfield Village roll of honour he is listed as Alfred Whitmore Lathe. He also appears on the Roll of Honour of the Weldless Steel Tube Company Ltd.