Images and extra information courtesy of Roxanne.


Born: 1893, All Saints, Ipswich.

Died: 12th October 1917; age 24; KiA.

Residence: 55, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 40447

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion.

Formerly 3992, R. H. A.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 40 to 41 & 162 to 162A.

Tyne Cot Memorial,

West Vlaanderen,


Brother-in-law to HERBERT WILLIAM WORBY.




1901   72, Richmond Road, Ipswich.


Alfred was 8 years old and living with his mother & siblings and stepsister.

Annie Worby (nee Osbourne), 32, a Housewife, born Wixoe, Suffolk.

Louisa Osbourne, 14, born Heddington, Suffolk.

Evelyn Gladys Worby, 9, born Ipswich.

Victor Stuart Worby, 3, born Ipswich.

Claude Harold Worby, 2, born Ipswich.

Standing: Alfred and sister Evelyn, seated: mother Annie, stepsister Louisa and father Charles, and sat on laps: brothers Victor and Claude

The Osbourne/Worby family – image courtesy of Roxanne



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 was away from the family home working as a Bricklayer, visitor at 116, Central Park Road, East Ham, Essex, the home of 43 year old, John Pharoah, a bricklayer.


Soldiers Effects to Charles J. Worby – father.


Rifle training RHA, Woolwich Barracks.   


Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion

At 05.25 am 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 were 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.

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment




One Comment

  • My great grandmother was Evelyn. I am honour to have a great uncle who laid his life on the line for our freedom.

    Roxanne from Canada


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