Alfred Sparkes (1895 – 1917 ) lived at 86 Bergholt Road when he went to North School with his grandmother, aunt and uncle. His father, Nathan, worked as a platelayer on the Great Eastern Railway. By 1911 the family had moved to their own house at 81 Bergholt Road and Alfred, now 15, was working as a grocer’s apprentice.
Alfred served with the 11th London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), arriving in France after 1916. He was killed in action on 17th February 1917 in an operation against South Miraumont Trench in the Somme area. On this day, 3 officers were killed or died of wounds, and 36 men were killed in action and 6 died of their wounds. Alfred is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
1894 – 1903 Admission Register
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
British Army war diaries 1914-1922, 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers