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Alfred Jellicoe was born at Neston in Cheshire, his birth was registered in the June quarter of 1878. His parents, John and Mary Elizabeth Jellicoe (nee Reynolds) married in the Liverpool District on the 5th June 1862 and later information suggests they went on to have twelve children including Alfred although only eight of those survived infancy. Alfred`s father was a bricklayer by trade and his mother a dressmaker and in 1881 they were living at 3 Parkgate Road in Neston, the family at the time consisted of; John and Mary Elizabeth Jellicoe and their daughters; Mary Elizabeth (1868), Dora Eliza (1872), Emma Jane (1874), Beatrice Ellen (1876) and sons` Alfred (1878)* and Edwin (1881).

In 1891 Alfred was still living at the same address in Neston with his family and he also had another brother, Ernest who had been born in 1883. His two eldest sisters were both working by now, Mary Elizabeth had become a school teacher and Emma a dressmaker like her mother. Ten years later when the 1901 Census was taken Alfred was away from home in the village of Little Sutton, the record noting that he was `visiting` the home of greengrocer Sarah Putt and her daughter Clara and son Raymond. Alfred`s occupation at the time was a shop assistant to a tobacconist, the reason for his visit would appear to have been because he was engaged to Sarah Putt`s daughter, Clara.

Alfred and Clara married later in the year, their marriage was registered in the December quarter of 1901. On the 27th December 1901 Clara gave birth to the couples` first child, a son, and they named him Alfred. Two years later another son was born and he was named Edward Harold (1903). A crew list dated 1909 suggests that Alfred was now no longer a shop assistant and had gone to sea as a steward, details on the record confirming both his birth year and place of birth, the ship was named the `Haverford`. A second crew list dated 1910 records Alfred as being a steward on the `SS Persic`, a passenger ship of the White Star Line sailing between Liverpool and Albany in Australia.

Alfred seems to be missing from the 1911 Census which suggests that perhaps he was still working away at sea, his wife Clara was with their youngest son Edward Harold living at 15 Alexandra Road in Hoylake with her mother Sara Putt, a lodging house keeper. Meanwhile Alfred Junior was staying with his paternal grandparents John and Mary Elizabeth Jellicoe in Neston. Sadly, Alfred and Clara`s nine year old son Edward Harold died in 1912.

At some point after the outbreak of war Alfred enlisted into Army, initially joining The King`s (Liverpool Regiment) with the service number 30553. Unfortunately his service papers have been lost so no precise dates are available nor are any of his enlistment details. Later information also states that he was transferred in to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at some point during 1915 and was issued with his new service number of 32491. His Medal Index Card indicates that Alfred embarked for France after January 1916, and on arrival was posted to the 10th Battalion LNL.

The 10th Battalion LNL came under the Command of the 112th Brigade in the 37th Division and in April 1917 the Battalion was heavily involved in the Spring offensive around Arras, casualties from the action during April 1917 had been high, the Battalion losing 21 Officers and 478 non-commissioned Officers and men either wounded or missing. After Arras the 37th Division was given some time to reorganise and was sent to what was generally described as “quiet sectors” of the line. The 112th Brigade spent most of its time in the Kemmel Sector until well into September 1917. On the 23rd September the Division relieved the 39th Division in the Menin area, the Battalion taking over a line from a unit of the 118th Brigade just on the right of the Tower Hamlets in Shrewsbury Forest. Whilst the relief was being carried out 2nd Lieutenants H.N. King and G. Brydon and twenty men were wounded. Sadly, it seems that Alfred was one of the twenty men wounded on that day, he managed to survive for a few hours before finally succumbing to his injuries, his date of death recorded as 23rd September 1917.

After Alfred`s family had been informed, the Chester Chronicle posted the news of his death, newspaper dated 13th October 1917;

After the war Clara Jellicoe would have received her late husband`s British War and Victory Medals to which he was entitled and would also receive his Memorial Plaque and Scroll in recognition of his sacrifice.

Alfred was originally buried in one of the smaller cemeteries around Zillebeke but in August 1919 his remains were exhumed and formally identified by means of his Identity Disc. Alfred`s body was then removed and re-interred in Hooge Crater Cemetery.

Hooge Crater Cemetery – Photo taken October 1916

Rank: Private
Service No: 32491
Date of Death: 23/09/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.

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One Response to 32491 PTE. A. JELLICOE. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Samuel Jellicoe says:

    Thank you Janet, do you know where I can get a picture from?

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