image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.

Born: 25th August 1896, 45, Fitzroy Street, Ipswich.

Died: 4th July 1916; age 19; KiA at Aveluy Wood – both his captain and corporal had been wounded and Alfred continued to serve his gun under heavy fire, until he was hit and fell dead beside his gun.

Residence: 22, Fitzroy Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1915.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 12354

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion. Attached to 7th Trench Mortar Battery.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 37 & 38,

Loos Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Alfred was killed at Aveluy Wood (near Thiepval) and he is now (2019) remembered on the Addenda panel at The Thiepval Memorial.

Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Bryant and Sarah Carpenter, of 22, Fitzroy Street, Ipswich.




1901   45, Fitzroy Street, Ipswich.


Alfred was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings

Bryant Carpenter, 40, Brewers Carman – Messrs. Catchpole, born Henley, Suffolk.

Sarah Mahala Carpenter (nee Laws), 38, born Sproughton, Suffolk.

Frederick Ernest Carpenter, 15, a Telegraph Messenger, born Ipswich.

Oswald Henry Carpenter, 13, born Ipswich.

William Thomas Carpenter, 11, born Ipswich.

Ellen Carpenter, 9, born Ipswich.

Stanley Carpenter, 8, born Ipswich.

Frank Herbert L. Carpenter, 6, born Ipswich.

Bryant Albert B. Carpenter, 2, born Ipswich.

Sidney Hector R. Carpenter, 7 months, born Ipswich.


1911   22, Fitzroy Street, Ipswich.


Alfred was 14 years old and a Foundry Worker living with his parents & siblings

Bryant, 48, Carman for Wine & Spirit Merchant – Messrs. Catchpole.

Sarah, 47.

Frederick, 25, a Postman.

William, 21, a Cellar Man for a Wine and Spirit Merchant.

Frank, 16, a Grocer’s Errand Boy.

Bertie, 12, at school & a Newsboy.

Sidney, 11, at school & an Errand Boy.

Dorothy Mahala E. Carpenter, 9, born Ipswich.

Ida Margery Carpenter, 7, born Ipswich.

Charles Percy C. Carpenter, 5, born Ipswich.

James Robert C. Carpenter, 2, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Sarah Carpenter – mother.


Barking, East Ham & Ilford Advertiser – 5th October 1912.


The death of Mr. Bryant Carpenter, of Fitzroy Street, Ipswich, took place at the residence of Mr. John Taylor, 83, Albert Road, Romford shortly before 9 o’clock on Monday morning. The deceased, who was 49 years of age, travelled from Ipswich with his daughter Nellie on Saturday on a visit to his father, Mr. William Carpenter, of 42, Claremont Road, Hornchurch, and arrived apparently in the best of health. On Sunday evening he accompanied his father, stepmother, and daughter on a walk, and they called at Mr. John Taylor’s at Albert Road. After remaining half-an-hour they left at about 10;15, but when they had gone a few paces deceased said to his daughter “Will you take my arm, my legs are going.” She did so, but he immediately fell forward and became unconscious. He was carried back to Mr. Taylor’s and attended by Dr. H. J. Forster, but he did not regain consciousness and died as stated.


Mrs. Sarah Carpenter, on her 80th birthday. Portraits of her sons on the wall.


Alfred is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich and at IPSWICH ODDFELLOWS LODGE, Ipswich.

Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion. Attached to 7th Trench Mortar Battery:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


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