Image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper


Born: 1886, Ipswich.

Died: 28th April 1917; age 31; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1915 – France.

Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 6665

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:IMG_6748

Bay 4.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,







1891   Old Cottages, Ranleigh Road, Ipswich.


Alfred was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur Sharman, a Signal Fitter Railway, born Wortham, Suffolk.

Sarah Sharman (nee Scott), 33, born Ashill, Suffolk.

Lewis Sharman, 13, born Battersea, Surrey.

Arthur Sharman, 11, born Battersea.

Robert Henry Sharman, 9, born Stratford, Essex.

Frederick William Sharman, 7, born Ipswich.

Henrietta May Sharman, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   8, Austin Street, Ipswich.


Alfred was 15 years old, a News Agents Porter. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur, 54, a Railway Signal Fitter.

Sarah, 48.

Frederick, 17, a Printer’s Labourer.

Henrietta, 11.


1911   Egypt.


Alfred was 25 years old, a Soldier ranked Corporal of the 1st Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment – Infantry. Occupation – Signaller.


Alfred’s father, Arthur Sharman, died 1901, Ipswich.

Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion

The Battle of Arleux.

The 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment as part of the 101st Brigade, formed an attack on Roeux chemical works on the Northern edge of the town, just south of the railway line. At 4:27 on the 28th of April 1917 the attack by the 11th began, troops pushed forward but came under heavy machinegun fire which drove the men back. A small group pushed on into the quarry on the eastern edge of the chemical works, being unsupported. At nightfall, they returned with 3 prisoners. The opening barrage had failed to destroy the machinegun posts and the enemy trenches, causing the attack to fail. The emery counter-attacked from Roeux. they were taking Mount Pleasant wood, part of the Ceylon trench at 9:45 a.m. The Battalion took over 300 casualties. The same fate was to happen to the 7th Battalion of the Suffolk regiment taking 190 casualties. 13 Ipswich men were killed on this day.


Suffolk Regiment battalion movements

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