Born: 1874, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.
Died: 21st June 1915; age 41; KiA.
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.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Giles & Maria Alcock, of 11, Coronation Road, Ipswich.
Brother to GEORGE BYGRAVE ALCOCK.
1881 2, Roe’s Yard, Lady Lane, Ipswich.
John was 7 years old and living with his parents, siblings & step brother.
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.
Ellen, 15, General Domestic Servant.
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 & Head of the Household.
Ellen, 9 months.
1911 11, Coronation Road, Ipswich.
John was 37 years old, a Maize Flake Man at R&W Paul. He was married & Head of the Household.
George, 12, at school & a News Boy.
& 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.
They had 10 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 – 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 Battalions position, in hope to knock out an anti-aircraft gun which had been troublesome to German aircraft in previous days. The gun had already been moved before the bombardment. An officer 2nd Lt. K.R. Mason and three men were killed, three more were wounded.