Born: 1887, St. Helens, Ipswich.

Died: 23rd March 1918; age 31; KiA. Served 12 years.

Residence: Mortlake, Surrey

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 8th January 1906; age: 18 years & 6 months; Religion: CofE; Occupation: Turner. Height: 5ft 6 1/4ins, fresh complexion, green eyes & brown hair. Slight flatness of feet.

Wounded – 25th September 1915 – Bayonet wound to the hand.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 1433

Regiment: The Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 81 to 84.

Pozieres Memorial,






1891   21, Lancaster Road, Ipswich.


Alfred was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Henry Sawyer, 40, a Steam Sawyer, born Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Fanny Sawyer (nee Ribbons), 41, born Great Blakenham, Suffolk.

William Henry Sawyer, 24, a Groom – Domestic, born Greenwich, London.

Charles Sawyer, 21, a Labourer – Builders, born Ipswich.

Mary Elizabeth Sawyer, 14, a Dressmaker, born Ipswich.

Walter James Sawyer, 6, born Ipswich.

Alfred Sawyer, born Ipswich.


1901   Camden Road, Ipswich.


Alfred was 14 years old, an Errand Boy – Ironmongers. he was living with his widowed mother, brothers & widowed, maternal grandfather.

Fanny, 51.

William, 33, a National Telephone Labourer.

Charles, 30, a National Telephone Labourer.

James Ribbons, 85, born Great Blakenham, Suffolk.


1911   India.


Alfred was 23 years old, a Soldier ranked Rifleman for the 2nd Battalion of The Rifle Brigade. 


In 1917, Ipswich, Alfred married Sarah Alice Bailey.


On the 10th January 1919, Mrs Susan Alice Sawyer received her late husbands British War medal, the Victory & 1914 Star on the 11th July 1919, and Memorial Scroll on the 13th November 1919.

 The Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion

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