Born: 1874, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Died: 21st June 1915; age 41; KiA.

E.A.D.T. – Saturday, 10th July 1915 – John had previously been hospitalised with a wounded hand. It was only three weeks after he was discharged from the hospital that he met his death.

Residence: 11, Coronation Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Maize Flake Mill Hand at Messrs. R. and W. Paul, Ltd., Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914 – France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2194

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.

Grave Reference:


St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Giles & Maria Alcock, of 11, Coronation Road, Ipswich.






1881   2, Roe’s Yard, Lady Lane, Ipswich.

John was 7 years old and living with his parents, siblings & stepbrother.

Giles Hale Alcock, 39, a Shoe Finisher, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Maria Alcock (nee Bygrave), 29, born Norwich.

Giles John Alcock, 16, an Assistant Shoe Finisher, born Norwich.

Maria Henriette Alcock, 9, born Ipswich.

Ellen Harriet Alcock, 5, born Ipswich.

Harriet Frances Alcock, 3, born Ipswich.

Henrietta Elizabeth Alcock, 1, born Ipswich.


1891   54, Lady Lane, Ipswich.

John was 17 years old, a Shoe Finisher. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Giles, 49, a Shoe Finisher.

Maria, 39.

Ellen, 15, General Domestic Servant.

Harriet, 13.

Henrietta, 11.

Henry Thomas Alcock, 9, born Ipswich.

William Thomas Alcock, 8, born Ipswich.

Thomas James Alcock, 5, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Rebecca Alcock, 3, born Ipswich.

Kate Georgina Alcock, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   119, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

John was 26 years old, a Shoe Finisher. He was married and head of the household.

Alice, 25.

George, 2.

Ellen, 9 months.


1911   11, Coronation Road, Ipswich.

John was 37 years old, a Maize Flake Man at R&W Paul. He was married and head of the Household.

Alice, 34.

George, 12, at school & a News Boy.

Ellen, 10.

John, 9.

Joyce, 7.

Frederick, 5.

Sidney, 3.

Charles, 1.

& nephew – Walter W. Gould, 17, G.E.R. Labourer at Loco Works, born Stoke, Ipswich.


On the 6th February 1898, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich, John married Alice Kate Pratt, born 1876, St. Nicholas, Ipswich – daughter of George Pratt, a tailor and rural (Ipswich to Playford) post messenger, and Ellen Caroline Pratt (nee Transom), of Silent Street, Ipswich.

Alice and John had ten children:

George Henry Alcock, born 1898, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Ellen Grace Transom Alcock, born 1900, St. Margaret’s Ipswich.

John Edward Alcock, born 1902, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Joyce Rose Alcock, born 1903, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Frederick William Alcock, born 1905, Trinity, Ipswich.

Sidney Alcock, born 1907, St. John’s, Ipswich.

Charles Ernest Alcock, born 1909, St. John’s Ipswich.

Kate Mary Alcock, born 1911, Ipswich.

Phoebe Alice Alcock, born 1913, Ipswich.

Frank Kitchener Alcock, born 1914, Ipswich – was killed in the Second World War, 24th August 1943; when his aircraft was shot down whilst on Operation Berlin. Frank was 28 years old, ranked a Sergeant/Flight Engineer, service number 532245, for the Royal Air Force, 75 Squadron. Frank was laid to rest in a Collective Grave, at Berlin 1939 – 1945 War Cemetery, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany.


Soldiers’ Effects to Alice Kate Alcock – widow.


John is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich.

Photograph courtesy of Marilyn.

SUFFOLK REGIMENT 1/4th Battalion Territorial Force:

On the 21st of June in the Neuve Chapelle area, the Germans shelled the 4th Battalion’s position, in the hope of knocking out an anti-aircraft gun which had been troublesome to German aircraft in previous days. The gun had already been moved before the bombardment. Officer Second Lieutenant Kenneth Ralph Mason, Private 2194 John Henry Alcock, Private 2185 William George Welham, and Private 2810 Frank Wright, of Benhall, Suffolk, were killed on the 21st of June, and three more men were wounded.


Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

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