image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
Born: 1891, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Died: 3rd July 1916; age 25; KiA.
Residence: 407, Bramford Road, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1915 – France.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 12410
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Brother to FREDERICK WILLIAM SELF.
1891 Marsh Lane, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Alfred was 2 months old and living with his mother, step brother, brother and maternal uncle & aunt.
Alice Elizabeth Self (nee Hines), 23, born Saxmundham, Suffolk.
John Thomas Self, 21, born Aldeburgh.
Frederick William Self, 1, born Aldeburgh.
James Hines, 25, born Saxmundham.
Agnes Honor Hines, 15, born Sternfield, Suffolk.
1901 20, Riverside Road, Ipswich.
Alfred was 10 years old and living with his mother, step brother, brother, step siblings & paternal cousin. (Frederick & Alfred’s mother & step brother were now a couple with their own children).
John, 31, a Chemical Manure Labourer.
Robert Farrington Self, 7, born Ipswich.
Emma Agnes Self, 3, born Ipswich.
Arthur John Self, 7 months, born Ipswich.
William Thomas Self, 17, a Steel Cutter – Stay Factory, born Aldeburgh.
1911 407, Bramford Road, Ipswich.
Alfred was 20 years old, a Chemical Manure Labourer. He was living with his mother, step brother, & step siblings.
John, 41, a Chemical Manure Labourer.
Frederick, 21, a House Painter.
Alice May Self, 8, born Ipswich.
Wilfred Frank Self, 6, born Ipswich.
George Henry Self, 2, born Ipswich.
Alfred’s father was Thomas Butcher Self, born 1838, Aldeburgh, Suffolk – died May 1892, Suffolk. A Mariner.
Soldiers’ Effects to Alice E. Self – mother.
Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion:
The 7th Battalion Suffolk Regiment lost many Ipswich men during day 3 of the offensive. On July 1st , at 7.30am the Battle of the Somme started.
That day was a terrible and tragic day, out of the 1000’s of British and Commonwealth men who went ‘over the top’ to attack the German positions 19,340 were killed and 38,500 were wounded.
“On 2 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 7th Battalion was moved up to the British front line trenches. On 3rd July, as part of the 35th Brigade, along with the 5th Royal Berkshires, the 7th Suffolk’s Battalion took part in a two Brigade frontal attached on Ovillers, zero hour was set for 03.15am. The first four waves reached the enemies’ third line of defence where after meeting very stiff resistance, the attack stalled. Due to the darkness the succeeding waves lost touch and were unable to assist. Casualties numbered 470 including all company commanders killed.” The remnants of the Battalion remained in the trenches until 8 July.
Extract from the history of the Suffolk regiment 1914-27. by Lt-C0l.C.C.R .Murphy.