WILKES, Alfred James, 19458, Private.
7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.
Born in Darlaston in 1883 the son of George and Agnes Wilkes.
Alfred James Wilkes married Clara Foster on the 13th November 1904 in Darlaston.
He enlisted at Ilkeston, Derbyshire as Pte, 23159, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment,
at some point he was transferred to the Northamptonshire Regiment.
He was first deployed to France on the 13th July 1915.
He was killed in action on the 31st July 1917 aged 34.
He has no known grave and is remembered on the Ieper (Menin Gate) Memorial.
Alfred was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, War Medal and Victory Medal.
At the time of the 1911 census Alfred was living with the Brother-in-law and sister at 4, Mitchell Terrace, Hallam Fields, Ilkeston, Derbyshire. He is listed as married for 6 years but his wife is not there.
Joseph Williams, H, 41.
Emma Williams, W, 38.
Charlie Williams, S, 11.
Vera Williams, D, 4.
Alfred Wilkes, Boarder, 28, Blastfurnaceman.
At the time of Alfred’s death Ieper was known as Ypres, but the troops gave it the name Wipers.