Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.


Born: 1897, Maidstone, Kent.

Died: 9th September 1919; age 22, at 17, Navarre Street, Ipswich, Suffolk. Cause of death Tuberculosis. His widow Gertrude Dorsett was present at the death.

Residence: 17, Navarre Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Cabinet Maker.

Enlistment Date: 26th April 1915.

Discharged: 10th July 1919 under Paragraph XVIA/KR. Served overseas.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 493626.

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 1st Home Counties Field Ambulance.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War + Silver War Badge.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,






1901   5, Quarry Square, Boxley Road, Maidstone, Kent.


Alfred was 3 years old and living with his widowed, maternal grandfather & aunts.

Henry Conway, 52, a widower, a Brush Maker; born Maidstone, Kent.

Beatrice Jennie Conway, 21, a Brush Maker, born Maidstone.

Alice Ethel Conway, 19, a Paper Mill Hand, born Maidstone.

Hattie Florence Conway, 14, born Maidstone.


1911   10, Randall Street, Maidstone, Kent.


Alfred was 13 years old and living with his maternal aunt & uncle, cousin and grandfather.

Austin Bromley, 33, an Artificial Stonemason, born Maidstone.

Rosetta Ellen Bromley (nee Conway), 33, born Maidstone.

Queenie May Bromley, 10, born Maidstone.

Henry, 63, a Brush Maker.


Alfred Frederick Dorsett’s parents were Minnie Ada Dorsett (nee Conway) and Alfred Dorsett. Minnie died aged 25 in 1897. Alfred was boarding with the Mepham family in Kent on both the 1901 & 1911 censuses. He was an Iron Moulder at a Foundry.


In 1918, at Ipswich, Alfred married Gertrude Manning, born March 1897, Ipswich – daughter of Charles Robert Manning, a general dealer – own account and Sarah Manning (nee Gosling), of 17, Navarre Street, Ipswich.



A family note:


2/1st Home Counties Field Ambulance – my grandfather served with them and was awarded the MM. My handsome grandfather is 4th from the left on the back row, maybe someone will recognise their relative and get in touch!  I would love to make contact with a surviving relative.


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

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