Photograph courtesy of Craig.


Born: 1917, Hintlesham, Suffolk.

Died: 28th August 1944; age: 27; Died of Wounds – at R.A.F. Bridgnorth Station Hospital, Shropshire.

Residence: 44, Melbourne Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Police Constable – East Suffolk Police, at headquarters, Ipswich.


Rank: Pilot Officer/Navigator; Service Number: 165193.

Regiment; Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


Funeral service was held on Friday, 1st September 1944, at St. Nicholas Church, Hintlesham, Suffolk.


Grave Reference:

St. Nicholas Churchyard,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ruth Welham, of Hintlesham, Suffolk; husband of Gladys Alice Welham, of Ipswich.


Mother: Ruth Welham, born 1895, Hintlesham, Suffolk. In 1925, Hintlesham, Suffolk, Ruth married William Leeks.

Ruth died 1933, Ipswich.


Alfred was educated at Felixstowe Secondary School, Suffolk.


In 1940, in Willesden, Middlesex, Alfred married Gladys Alice Speed, born in February 1919, Willesden, Middlesex. A Costing & Estimating Clerk – Private Secretary – daughter of George Robert King Speed, a railway locomotive driver, and Edith Emily Speed (nee Fry), of 69, Buckingham Road, Willesden.

Gladys and Alfred had one son:

Jack Welham, born 1945, Ipswich.

Late Pilot-Officer A.J. Welham, of Ipswich.

2nd September 1944 – Evening Star.

The funeral took place at Hintlesham on Friday of Pilot-Officer Alfred John Welham, aged 27, of 44, Melbourne Road, Ipswich, who was killed on active service.

Born at Hintlesham and educated at Felixstowe Secondary School, he was appointed to the East Suffolk  Police in 1936, becoming a member of the staff at headquarters, Ipswich. In August, 1942, P.-c. Welham volunteered for flying duties in the Royal Air Force, and only recently returned to this country from Canada, where he was awarded the Leaven Brothers’ trophy for the highest position in his course.

The service was conducted by Squadron Leader the Rev. C.G. Hooper, and the Rev. S.R.P. Moulsdale, with Miss W. Gosling at the organ. Hymns were “God of the living” and Abide with me.”

Members of the East Suffolk Police formed a guard of honour, and Sergt. F.Pearl, P.-c.s W. Gooch, C. Finch, W. Brown, H. Girt, H.C. Porter and P.-W. R.C. Barker were bearers.

Family mourners were the widow, Mr. Fred Welham, sen, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Welham, Mr. and Mrs. Ned Welham, Mr. and Mrs. B. Welham, Mr. and Mrs. George Welham, Mr. and Mrs. John Welham, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Welham, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Leeks, Mr. and Mrs. B. Leeks, Mr. G. Speed, se., Mrs. E. Speed, Mr. G. Speed, jun., Mr. T. Speed, Mr. R. Speed, Misses Margaret, Mary and Joyce Speed. Pilot-Officer Jack Williams, Mr. R. Williams, Miss F. Whiting (aunt).

Those present included Lieut. and Mrs. W.H. Wood, Mrs. W. Finch, Miss H. Mower, Mr. F. Moore, Mrs. F. Balham, Mrs. Leeks, Mrs. L. Butcher, Mr. W. Hurren, Mrs. E. Southgate, Mrs. A.G. Briscoe and Mrs. H.W. Dobbs (representing the G.E.C.), Mrs. G. Dale, Mr. W. Mower and Mr. W. Lewis.

Chief Supt. E.W. Lankester, D.C.C. (representing Lieut.-Col. A.F. Senior, Chief Constable of East Suffolk, and Supt. H.E. Boreham, M.B.E., in charge of Ipswich Division, East Suffolk Police). Chief Insp. A. Allison (chief clerk P.H.Q.). Det.-Insp. G.A. Read (P.H.Q.), Sergt. Scriggins (Sproughton), P.-c. J. McGuire (Copdock), P.-c. W. Ford (Stratford St. Mary), P.-c. C. Randle (Raydon), W.A. P.-c.s Pearl, and Coe represented the East Suffolk Constabulary.


Alfred is also remembered on the war memorial at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk and at Hintlesham, Suffolk.


26th August 1944

Aircraft – Anson I; Serial number – DJ663; of No. 3. (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit. The crew were making a back beam approach to Halfpenny Green through the cloud when the aircraft struck trees and crashed at Six Ashes. 3 crewmen were killed and 2 seriously injured. Alfred was one of the injured.


Fellow Crew:

Flight Sergeant; Michael Francis Joseph Cox; age 22; R.A.F.V.R. Killed.

Pilot Officer; J.L. Staples. Injured.

Flight Officer/Navigator; Norman Edward Trusty; age: 29; R.C.A.F. Killed.

Sergeant/Wireless Operator; Clarence Douglas Rhys Verrier; age 23; R.A.F.V.R. Killed.


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