Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph

Born: 1885, Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk.

Baptised: 6th July 1885, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk – parents: George Alfred & Jane Elizabeth Brighten.

Died: 14th September 1914; age 29; Unknown.

Employed: at Orwell Works, Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Norwich, Norfolk.

Date of Entry Therein: 16th August 1914.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 6606

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Memorial Reference:

La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial,




1891   by the station, Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk.

Alfred was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Alfred Brighten, 30, a Signalman, born Trowse, Norfolk.

Jane Elizabeth Brighten (nee Coleman), 28, born Great Yarmouth.

James George Brighten, 11, born Great Yarmouth.

Alice Mary Brighten, 8, born Ashwellthorpe.

May Rosina Brighten, 4, born Ashwellthorpe.

Mabel Louisa Brighten, 1, born Ashwellthorpe.

1901   by the railway station, Turnpike Road, Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk.

Alfred was 15 years old, a Brush Factory Hand. He was living with his parents & siblings.

George, 40, a Signalman on the Railway.

Jane, 38.

Alice, 18, a Pupil Teacher – Voluntary School.

May, 13.

Mabel, 11.

William Henry Brighten, 9, born Ashwellthorpe.

Grace Beatrice Brighten, 5, born Ashwellthorpe.

Dorothy Eliza Jane Brighten, 2, born Ashwellthorpe.

Claud Daniel Brighten, 3 months, born Ashwellthorpe.

1911   Malplaquet Barracks, Churchill House, Staff House, Marlborough Line, Aldershot, Hampshire.

Alfred was 25 years old, a Soldier ranked Private in the 1st Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment.

In 1912, Ipswich, Alfred married Florence Cecilia Rouse, born 1887, Ipswich.

They had 2 children:

Alfred William Brighten, born February 1912, Ipswich.

Cecilia Alice Brighten, born November 1913, Ipswich.

Soldiers’ Effects to Florence C. Brighten – widow.

Alfred is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.

Norfolk Regiment, 1st Battalion:

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