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The son of George Henry and Elizabeth Jane Bratt, Alfred was born in Wolverhampton in 1887, when his address was 20 Mander Street. He was baptised at St Mark’s Church on 4 September 1887. Alfred’s father, George, died in 1894, so by 1901, the widowed Elizabeth was living at 21 Mander Street with two sons (William G. and Herbert H.) and three daughters (Gertrude F., Edith F. and Elsie L.), but Alfred was not with them. By 1911, he was a boarder in the home of Katherine Mary Barr at 18 College Green, Bristol. Alfred was a shop assistant for a draper’s shop.

Alfred enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment and later in the 5th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (service number 2895). He was first a Lance Corporal, then became a Captain. He first entered the war in Western Europe on 31 March 1915. On 4 October 1917, he was killed in action. He is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery, in Belgium, and remembered on the war memorial of St Chad and St Mark’s Church. There is a note on his medal roll index card that his sister, now Mrs E. F. Matthews had applied for his 1914-15 Star on 24 February 1920. The National Probate Calendar has his death date as 5 October 1917. His address by the date of his death was given as 111 Lord Street, Wolverhampton, the value of his effects was £144 4s. 3d., and his executor was his sister, Edith Francis Matthews (wife of William Matthews). Alfred is the relative of a recent intern with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and she visited his grave earlier this month to mark the centenary of his death.

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