Born: 1883, Colchester, Essex.

Died: 2nd June 1918; age 34; Killed in an air raid whilst a prisoner of war.

Residence: Ipswich.

Enlistment Location:  Colchester, Essex.

Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: A/203855

Regiment: King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 18th Battalion.

Formerly 911471, R.A.O.C.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Bancourt British Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George Altry Sparkes & Florence Sparkes, of Colchester; Husband of Amelia Sparkes, of 52, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.




1891   32, Barrack Street, Colchester, Essex.


Altry was 8 years old and living with his mother & sisters.

Florence Harriet Sparkes (nee Foreman), 27, born Colchester, Essex.

Lillas Sparkes, 5, born Colchester.

Grace Florence Sparkes, 2, born Colchester.


1901   31, Barrack Street, Colchester, Essex.


Altry was 17 years old, a Labourer – Fishmongers. He was living with his parents & siblings.

George Altry Sparkes, 38, a Boot Finisher, born Bridgewater, Somerset.

Florence, 37.

Lilly, 15, a Tailoress.

Grace, 12.

Florence Maud Sparkes, 6, born Colchester.

George Alfred Sparkes, 3, born Colchester.


1911   77, Victor Road, Colchester, Essex.


Altry was 27 years old, a Labourer – Oil Cake Mill – Parry & Co. He was living with his parents & siblings.

George, 47, a Life Insurance Agent.

Florence, 47.

Grace, 22, a Sewing Machinist – Tailoress.

Albert George Sparkes, 18, a Machine Mechanic, born Colchester.

Florence, 15, a Machinist – Tailoress.

George, 13.

Roland Alec Sparkes, 10, born Colchester.

Hilda Elizabeth Sparkes, 7, born Colchester.

Stanley George Sparkes, 5, born Colchester.

Leslie Wilfred Sparkes, 1, born Colchester.


In 1911, Colchester, Essex, Altry married Amelia Bugg, born 1887, Sudbury, Suffolk. They had 2 daughters:

Vera M. Sparkes, born 1912, Colchester – died 1916, Colchester.

Hilda M. Sparkes, born 1916, Colchester.

George is also remembered on Holy Trinity church memorial Ipswich.


King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 18th Battalion



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