Alfred is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 1891, Ipswich.

Died: 29th December 1916; age: 25; Killed by a mine.

Residence: 44, Morley Road, Barking, Essex.


Rank: Able Seaman.

Regiment: Mercantile Marine, S.S. ‘Zoroaster’ (London).


Memorial Reference:

Tower Hill Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alfred & Elizabeth Sarah Twaits, of 44, Morley Road, Barking, Essex.




1901   38, Childers Road, Deptford St. Paul, London.


Alfred was 9 years old and living with his mother and siblings.

Elizabeth Sarah Twaits (nee Bristow), 38, born Gillingham, Kent.

Arthur Robert Twaits, 7, born New Cross, London.

Harold Bristow Twaits, 5, born Bermondesy, London.

Lily Louisa Thirza Twaits, 4, born Bermondsey.

Leonard Herbert Twaits, 1, born Bermondsey.


In 1901, Alfred’s 40 year old, father, Alfred Twaits was a 2nd Mate, born Ipswich, was aboard S.S. ‘Burma’ of Goole, on home trade at Killingholme, Lincolnshire. Master Edwin Foster.


Alfred’s brother also lost his life during the First World War. Arthur Robert Twaits, of 175, Shardeloes Road London was ranked a Sergeant, service number 13219 for The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey), 3rd Battalion. Formerly a Sergeant, 44487 for the R.A.M.C. On the 22nd November 1918, Arthur died of Pneumonia at V.A.D. Hospital, Sittingbourne, Kent, he was 25 years old. Arthur is commemorated on the Crematorium Screen Wall A. 1837, at Brockley Cemetery, Kent.

S.S. ‘Zoroaster‘ (London). 3,803 ton steam ship built by Bartram & Sons of Sunderland in 12 July 1900. Sunk by a mined 1.75 miles ENE of the Sunk  Light Vessel 51° 53’N, 1° 38’E, while carrying coal from the Tyne to St Nazaire. Sunk by the Uboat UC 11 commanded by Benno von Ditfurth . Killing 3 men, including Alfred and Norfolk man 30 year old able seaman Edgar James Michell of old Hall Repps Norfolk.

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