Image from G.E.R. ‘Toll for the Brave.’


Born: 1888, Sproughton, Suffolk.

Died: 21st November 1918; age 30; died of Sickness – Prisoner of War – Chemnitz, Germany.

Residence: Ipswich.

Employed: at the Civil Engineering Department – Great Eastern Railway, Ipswich. Entered service for G.E.R. as a permanent way labourer – 20th July 1914.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich – called to the Colours on the outbreak of the war.

Date of Entry Therein: 15th August 1914.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 7299.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:


Berlin South-Western Cemetery,






1891   Ipswich Road, Sproughton, Suffolk.

Alfred was 3 years old and living with his twin sister, their widowed mother & step-siblings.

Ann Crooks (nee Stannard), 36, a Laundress, born Ipswich.

Alice Emma Crooks, 10, born Ipswich.

John Crooks, 8, born Ipswich.

Frederick Thomas Crooks, 6, born Ipswich.

Ethel Crooks, 3, born Sproughton.


1901   4, Sproughton Road, Ipswich.

Alfred was 14 years old and living with his mother, stepfather & step-siblings.

William Fenn Whiting, 38, a Carrier for Builder, born Hemingstone, Suffolk.

Ann Whiting, 45.

John Crooks, 18, a Carrier for Builder.

Frederick Crooks, 16, a Carrier for Builder.

William Fenn Whiting, 9, born Ipswich.

(Lizzie) Elizabeth Whiting, 6, born Ipswich.


1911 Egypt

Alfred was 23 years old, a Soldier ranked Private for the 1st Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment.


Probate to Frederick Thomas Crooks – brother, a Builder’s Labourer.


Soldiers’ Effects to Frederick Thomas Crooks – stepbrother.


Alfred is also remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London, and on the memorial at SPRINGFIELD SCHOOL, Ipswich.


Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society

Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


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