Born: 1893, All Saints, Ipswich.
Died: 12th October 1917; age 24; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 40447
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion.
Formerly 3992, R. H. A.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Panel 40 to 41 & 162 to 162A.
1901 72, Richmond Road, Ipswich.
Alfred was 8 years old and living with his mother & siblings.
Annie Worby (nee Osbourne), 32, a Housewife, born Wixoe, Suffolk.
Louisa Osbourne, 4, born Heddington, Suffolk.
Evelyn Gladys Worby, 9, born Ipswich.
Victor Stuart Worby, 3, born Ipswich.
Claude Harold Worby, 2, born Ipswich.
1911 Woolwich Barracks, London.
Alfred was 18 years old, a Soldier ranked Driver in the Royal Horse Artillery.
Alfred’s father was Charles James Worby, born 1867, Ipswich. On the census he is away from the family home working as a Bricklayer.
Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion
At 05.25am on 12 October 1917, a British attack was launched between the Ypres-Roulers railway and Houthulstforest. An hour later the 8th Battalion was moved forward in the wake of the 55th Brigade. A considerable enemy barrage and heavy machine gun fire was encountered. Shell holes were full of water and the men had to struggle to prevent themselves from drowning. Due to the very severe conditions, the advance was halted. The Battalion suffered 232 casualties.