1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 2nd October 1882, Northfleet, Kent.

Died: 16th August 1917; age 33; KiA with submarine in North Sea.

Residence: 33, Orwell Road, Ipswich.

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: 201483

Regiment: Royal Navy, (RFR/CH/B/9075) H.M. Smack ‘Ethel & Millie’.decoy/Q-ship, fishing smack


Grave Reference:22.

Chatham naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of J. & T. Preece, of 30, Tomline Road, Ipswich; husband of Mary E. Preece, of 33, Orwell Road, Ipswich.




1891   Glenyu Cottage, Camden Road, Ipswich.


Alfred was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings. They were boarders at the home of 65 year old, widow, Mary Ann Youngman, a Sick Monthly Nurse.

Isaiah Preece, 38, an Iron Foundry – Labourer, born Crickhowell, Glamorganshire.

Susanna Preece (nee Fulcher), 36, born Bucklesham, Suffolk.

Beatrice Edith Preece, 4, Bucklesham.

George Cecil Preece, 2, born Ipswich.


1901   42, Bingfield Street, Islington, London.


Alfred was 18 years old, a Boot Maker. He was an employee and boarder of 40 year old, William Crispin.


1911   30, Tomline Road, Ipswich.


Alfred was 28 years old, a Seaman – Royal Navy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Isaiah, 58, a General Labourer – Dock Commissioners.

Susanna, 55.

George, 22, a Fitter & Turner – Engineering Works.

Ethel May Preece, 19, born Ipswich.

Burt Preece, 14, born Ipswich.


In 1912, Ipswich, Alfred married Mary Ellen Barber, born 1882, Stradbroke, Suffolk. They had 1 daughter:

Gwendoline Minnie Preece, born 1913, Ipswich.

Probate to Mary Ellen Goodrich – widow.

Editors note:

Alfred Preece was involved with a fierce fire fight at sea with a German submarine resulting with the deaths of most of the crew. This gallant action became a national incident with a Victoria Cross and DSM being awarded to the small crew. The survivors of one of the smacks managed to escape  to tell the tail. Some crew members were seen on the deck of the German Submarine never to be seen again. please read link below , Alfred needs more recognition for his part :

Thomas Crisp VC

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