Remembered with honour St Souplet British Cemetery: Plot III, Row AA, Grave 11.
He enlisted in London; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 30 August 1915, and died a Prisoner of War of wounds received in action. Unfortunately, Alfred’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is a Death announcement for Alfred in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 16 September 1916; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 21 July 1917 and 19 July 1919.
Son of Frederick Arthur and Lydia (nee KENT) THORN of Watford.
His parents married 1886 in the Berkhamsted, Herts, district. Frederick died 28 April 1936 in Watford aged 70, and was buried 1 May in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Lydia died 1949 in Watford aged 93, and was buried 26 January, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Alfred was born 28 January 1896 in Watford, and attended Beechen Grove Board School, Watford, from 9 January 1906 to 30 August 1910. He resided in Watford.
On the 1901 Census, aged 5 he lived in Watford, with his parents and five siblings. On the 1911 Census, a builder’s merchant’s clerk aged 15, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and five siblings.
Unit2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers)
Date of death20/07/1916
Age at death20
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)