GEORGE BYGRAVE ALCOCK

 

Born: 1892, Ipswich.

Died: 9th February 1915; age 22; KiA – south of Ypres. Killed alongside William Ernest Miller.

Residence: 9, Mount Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915 – France.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 7964

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War & 1915 Star.

 

Memorial Reference:

Panel 1.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,

West-Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Giles & Maria Alcock.

 

Brother to JOHN HENRY ALCOCK (KIA).

 

CENSUS

 

1901   6, Lady Lane, Ipswich.

 

George was 9 years old and living with his father & siblings.

Giles Hale Alcock, 59, a Shoe Maker – own account, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Ellen Harriet Alcock, 26, a Nurse Maid, born Ipswich.

Henry Thomas Alcock, 20, a Coal Porter, born Ipswich.

William Thomas Alcock, 18, a General Labourer, born Ipswich.

Thomas James Alcock, 16, an Errand Boy, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Rebecca Alcock, 13, born Ipswich.

 

1901   George’s mother was a visitor to 70 year old Mary Mellonie & her 5 nieces & nephews at her home – 3, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.

Maria Alcock (nee Bygrave), 49, a domestic Nurse, born Norwich.

 

1911   Barrosa Barracks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot, Surrey.

 

George was 18 years old, a Soldier, ranked Private with the 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.

 

George’s father Giles Hale Alcock died 1914, Ipswich.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Maria – mother, Giles John Alcock – half brother, Henry & William – brothers, Maria Salway, Ellen Atkins, Henrietta Hutchings & Elizabeth Brooks – sisters, Alice Kate Alcock – sister-in-law.

 

George is also remembered at on the handwritten war memorial at The Mission Free Church, Curriers Lane, Ipswich.

 

E.A.D.T – Tuesday, 14th January 1913 – A SOLDIER’S CRYFOUND WITH WOUNDED THROATConsiderable alarm was occasioned in Mount Street, Ipswich, about 10 o’clock on Monday night by a young soldier named George Alcock, who, it is alleged, attempted suicide by cutting his throat with a razor in his parents’ home at No. 9.

It appears that whilst his parents and sister were chatting in the front room of the house they were startled by a cry from George, who was in the back kitchen, summoning his sister’s help. On going into the kitchen, Miss Alcock found her brother with a blood-stained razor in his hand, and blood oozing from a throat wound. The young fellow made no attempt to injure himself further; he threw the instrument away and fell in a semi-conscious condition into his sister’s arms. Police-constables Southgate and Foster were called to the house, and rendered first-aid. Mr. G. M. Hetherington, the Police Surgeon, was promptly in attendance and stated that the wound was not as serious as was at first supposed. It consisted of a gash about two inches long across the throat. George was removed, after temporary treatment, on the Police horse ambulance to the Hospital.

It was ascertained that George Alcock, who is barely twenty years of age, is a private in the 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, stationed at Aldershot, from whence he was to leave in a few days’ time to Egypt with the Battalion. His father is more or less an invalid, and this has made him adverse to undertake the journey to Egypt, and the fact that his parents have endeavoured to get George out of the Army suggests that his going away preyed heavily upon his mind, and prompted him to commit the rash act. Inquiries made at the Hospital at a late hour on Monday night show that the wound was of a shallow nature, and not likely to be attended with fatal consequences.

 

E.A.D.T. – Tuesday, 26th August 1913 – AN ABSENTEEOn Monday, 25th August 1913, George Bygrave Alcock, a private in the 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, stationed at Aldershot, appeared before Mr. Alexander Gibb (in the chair), and Mr. W. H. Calver at the Ipswich Police Court, charged with being an absentee from his regiment  P.-c. Charles Birch said he saw George in Westgate Street on Sunday evening and suspected he was an absentee. He challenged him, and he could not produce his pass. Later George admitted that he had absconded at Tattoo on Friday evening. The defendant was put back to await the arrival of an escort.

 

Extract from Lt-Col C.C.R.Murphy History of the Suffolk Regiment:

 Throughout February 9th 1915 the enemy shelled unremittingly one part or another of the Verbrandenmolen sector. The trenches held by the 1st Battalion were in a shocking state, those on the right being two feet deep in water. Battalion headquarters, despite the attention it received from the enemy’s artillery during the afternoon, remained intact.

 

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