Alfred Breakspear

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Service number:
Lincolnshire Regiment
Date of birth:
19 December 1894
Date of death:
24 March 1918
Age at Death:

Known information

Corporal Alfred Breakspear and his brother John William were both killed in the First World War. They were the sons of James and Alice Elizabeth Breakspear, of Barleythorpe. Alfred was born at Bulwick, Northamptonshire, on 19 December 1894. During his childhood, Alfred acted as organ blower in Langham Church. He became a gardener, working for Sir Herbert Raphael of Allestree Hall, Derbyshire, before joining up on 4 September 1914. He went out to France on 2 May 1915 with the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, and was twice wounded. Alfred was killed in action on 24 March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Arras memorial, Bay 3 and 4, as well as on the memorial in Langham churchyard.

Photograph courtesy Langham Village History Group

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