Born: 1898, Ipswich.
Died: 13th November 1918; age 20; Died of Pneumonia.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 266340
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd/6th Battalion transferred to (464378) 496th Agricultural Coy. Labour Corps.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George & Annie Elizabeth Keeble, of 18, Samuel Road, Ipswich.
1901 18, Samuel Road, Ipswich.
Alfred was 2 years old and living with his parents.
George Keeble, 37, a Bricklayer’s Labourer, born Battisford, Suffolk.
Annie Keeble (nee Peck), born Ipswich.
1911 18, Samuel Road, Ipswich.
Alfred was 12 years old and living with his parents.
George, 46, a Builder’s General Labourer.
Alfred is also remembered on St. Michael’s Church War Memorial, Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd/6th Battalion :
Formed in January 1917, 389,900 men 10% of the total size of the British Army. Many of the men had already served in other units and were taken on following being wounded then being made fit for duty “A1” condition. The companies were employed in general labouring, fetching and carrying in work within range of the enemy guns. Sometimes used as emergency infantry during major offensives by the enemy.
Labour Corps units were sometimes classed as second class soldiers but were an important part of the British army.
496th Agricultural Coy. Labour Corps: