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  • 31598 Private Alfred (Alphonso) Matthews died of wounds received in the Battle of Messines and is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, grave III. C. 25. Visited and cross laid by John Morse who also supplied this photo
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Nottingham
Referred to as Alfred or Alphonso, he was the son of Raphael and Nancy Matthews and the brother of John, Tom, Angelina and Elizabeth Matthews. In 1901 they lived at 15 Pollock Street Nottingham. His parents were Italian immigrants who probably arrived in England between 1874 and 1880. Raphael was an ice cream vendor.
12 Jun 1917
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31598
Private
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Alfred (Alphonso) Matthews enlisted in October 1915 and went to France after 1 January 1916. The battalion found itself under the orders of 16th (Irish) Division as reserve assault battalion for Messines. The mines exploded and the leading divisions stormed forward but somehow the reserve battalion did not get any orders. At 1.30 pm orders were received to follow the retreating German army. By this time the day was extremely hot and the men had full packs and equipment but the battalion made good time to the ridge. They came under artillery fire and took casualties but despite this made the front line and dug in. The break out had not been achieved but much ground was taken. The battalion came out of the line on 11th June and by Great War standards had few casualties. Alfred was one of four men to die of wounds that day at the Bailleul Casualty Clearing station. They all lie in Plot III, Row C. of the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord John Morse
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  • 31598 Private Alfred (Alphonso) Matthews died of wounds received in the Battle of Messines and is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, grave III. C. 25. Visited and cross laid by John Morse who also supplied this photo
    Alfred Matthews grave - 31598 Private Alfred (Alphonso) Matthews died of wounds received in the Battle of Messines and is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, grave III. C. 25. Visited and cross laid by John Morse who also supplied this photo
  • Photograph published 13th July 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Alfred Matthews - Photograph published 13th July 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918