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Alfred was the son of Alfred James and Emily Hastings, of Carlton, Nottingham. He was born 1897 at Carlton. is father was a baker and in 1901 Alfred, his parents and an older sister Lois were all living at Carnarvon Grove, Carlton. They were still there at No 5 on the 1911 census now with the addition of a younger daughter, Ada. Alfred junior went to work at the local furniture manufacturers after he had left school.
11 Apr 1918
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Lance Corporal
  • MM MM Military Medal
2/5th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He enlisted at Nottingham and served with A company 2/5th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). He died of his wounds as a German prisoner of war on 11th April 1918. He had been wounded and taken prisoner on 21st March 1918. He was originally buried at Langensalza POW Cemetery No 2in Prussian Saxony. During 1922-23 the War Graves Commission brought together men buried at several cemeteries and he was reburied at Niederzwehren Cemetery, in Hessen, Germany. The words 'Always remembered' were added to his headstone at the request of Mrs J Best of Rushbrook House, Foxhill Lane, Carlton. He was eligible for the Victory and British medals and had also been awarded the Military medal. His was award of the Military Medal which was announced in the 'London Gazette,' 2nd November 1917. He won the award for his conduct on 31st July 1917 with 17th (Welbeck Rangers) Battalion.
In memoriam published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 10th April 1920 :- HASTINGS. – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Lance-Cpl. Alf Hastings, M.M., Sherwood Foresters, died of wounds in Germany April 11th, 1918. Ever in our thoughts. Also our dear mother Emily Hastings, died February 17th, 1920, aged 51. Anxious, striving, best of mothers, all thy cares and troubles o'er, now at God's right hand enjoying endless pleasures evermore. – From sorrowing husband, daughters, son-in-law, and John.” Above in memoriam is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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