Image taken from the Evening Star – 30th March 1942.

Born: 14th September 1915, Ipswich.

Died: 6th March 1942; age: 26; KiA.

Residence: 61, Heath Lane, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Carpenter & Joiner.


Rank: Sapper; Service Number: 1883555.

Regiment: Royal Engineers, 1 Field Squadron.


Memorial Reference:

Column 47.

Alamein Memorial,

El Alamein,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George Edwin & Maud French; husband of Hilda Marguerite French, of Ipswich.




Father: George Edwin French, born January 1880, Ipswich.

Mother: Maud Alice French (nee Aldous), born 1883, Flowton, Suffolk.


On Saturday, 7th January 1939, at St. John’s Church, Ipswich, Alfred married Hilda Marguerite Jewell, born August 1917, Ipswich.


Image courtesy of Pat French.

Evening Star and Daily Herald – 9th January 1939


A pretty wedding took place at St. John’s Church, Ipswich, on Saturday, between Mr. Alfred E. French, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. G. French, of Rose Hill Road, and Miss Hilda Marguerite Jewell, of Spring Road, Ipswich. The Rev. B. Hindle officiated, and the service included the hymns “Love Divine” and “Lead us, Heavenly Father,” accompanied by Mr. Denyer at the organ.

Given away by her father, the bride was dressed in ivory satin with embroidered lace veil and coronet of orange blossoms. She carried a bouquet of red and white carnations and trailing fern, and wore a string of pearls, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were Miss N. French (sister of the bridegroom), Miss M. Woods (friend of the bride) and Miss Eileen Wiggins (niece of the bride). The two first named were dressed in pink tulle over pink satin, with veils and coronets of gold leaves, and gold shoes, and they carried bouquets of bronze chysanthemums. The little maid wore a green silk taffeta frock with poke bonnet and gold shoes and carried a green and gold basket of flowers. All the bridesmaids wore gold crystal necklets, the gifts of the bridegroom. The duties of best man were carried out by Mr. B. French, the bridegroom’s brother.

After the ceremony, a reception was held at St. John’s Recreation Hall.



Alfred was a Carpenter & Joiner he was living at 61, Heath Lane, Ipswich with 3 others.


Probate to Hilda Marguerite French – widow.

Alfred’s brother, Jack Edwin French, also died from a shrapnel injury, during bombing on the 12th May 1944, aged 26, at POW Camp Stalag IV B. He was a Gunner, service number 953067, in the Royal Artillery, 67 Medium Regiment. Jack was buried at Prague War Cemetery, Czech Republic.

Alfred’s father, George Edwin French also died when M.V. ‘Sweep’ II struck a mine and sunk at Landguard Port, Felixstowe, on the 5th June 1940, aged 61.

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