Born: 1892, Ipswich.

Accepted as dead: 3rd September 1916; age 24; Died of Wounds.

Residence: 28, Nottidge Road, Ipswich.


Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Age: 23 years & 10 months; Occupation: Painter. Next of Kin: father – Joseph Benjamin Parsons, of 28, Nottidge Road, Ipswich. Height: 5ft & 2 1/2 ins.

Embarked – Folkestone – 14th April 1916 – Joined 39 – Etaples – 15th April 1916 – joined 17th K.R.R. – in the field 11th May 1916.

Wounded: Trench Fever – 25th June 1916 – re-joined battalion 1st July 1916. Gun Shot Wound to the thigh – 27th July 1916. Gun Shot Wound – 7th August 1916 – re-joined battalion 9th August 1916.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: R/17342

Regiment: King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 17th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


In October 1919, the body was exhumed and identified by a Cross on a Grave before reburial at Ancre British Cemetery by the 148 Labour Company.


Grave Reference:


Ancre British Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Joseph Benjamin Parsons, of 28, Nottidge Road, Ipswich & the late Emma M. E. Parsons.




1901   82, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


Alfred was 9 years old and living with his parents, brother & maternal grandmother.

Joseph Parsons, 39, a Shoemaker, born Ipswich.

Emma Mahala Elizabeth Parsons, 35, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Henry George Parsons, 3, born Ipswich.

Sarah Lee, 71, Living on own Means, born Ipswich.


1911   28, Nottidge Road, Ipswich.


Alfred was 19 years old, a Paper Hanger & House Painter and Decorator. He was living with his widowed father & brother.

Joseph, 49, a Boot Repairer – own account.

Henry, 13.


Alfred’s mother, Emma Mahala Elizabeth Parsons, died 1909, Ipswich.


On the 23rd October 1917 – Joseph Parsons received his late son’s personal effects: 1 razor strap & disc.


On the 15th January 1918, Joseph Parsons wrote to the war office to ask how, when & where his late son’s disc was found. And if his late son’s remains were found where were they buried?


On the 25th June 1921, Joseph Parsons received the Victory & British War medals in respect of his late son Alfred.


King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 17th Battalion


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