Alfred is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

Image from 1944 Evening Star


Born: 14th September 1912, Barrow, Suffolk.

Died: 24th June 1944; age: 31; killed on active service when Minesweeper 8 hit a mine in the English Channel.

Residence: 50, Austin Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Maltster’s Labourer.


Rank: Seaman; Service Number: LT/JX 221574.

Regiment: Royal Naval Patrol Services, H.M. Motor Minesweeper 8.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 14. Column 3.

Lowestoft Naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John & Louisa Woods.


Father: John Woods, born 1876, Barrow – died 1919, of General Paralysis at St. Audry’s Hospital, Melton, Suffolk. A Farm Labourer.

Mother: Louisa Woods (nee Talbot), born 1886, Barrow, Suffolk – died 1923, Barrow.

Sister: Phyllis Eva May Woods, born March 1910, Barrow, Suffolk.

Brother: George Verdun Woods, born May 1916, Barrow, Suffolk. George was an Able Seaman during the Second World War. On the 3rd December 1940, whilst serving on H.M.S. ‘Firedrake’ George, an Able Seaman, was awarded the D.S.M. for bravery and resourcefulness on active service at sea and setting an example of bravery and resource under fire.


Maternal Uncle: Ebenezer Talbot, born July 1878, Barrow, Suffolk.

Maternal Aunt: Elizabeth Talbot (nee Wells), born December 1877, Norwich, Norfolk.




Alfred was a Maltster’s Labourer. He was living with his maternal uncle & aunt at their family home – 50, Austin Street, Ipswich.

Ebenezer Talbot, a Roadman – Corporation.

Elizabeth Talbot, unpaid Domestic Duties.

One Comment

  • This was my granddad’s cousin. As a child I remember his brother George being at my grandparents house. My 12 yr old son is learning about people who died in the war and I felt honoured to share our family history.


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