Pte 33095 West Yorkshire Regiment, Prince of Wales Own. 15th Battalion, Leeds Pals

In March 1893 Alfred Ross was born to Johnson and Mary Ann Boynton who had been married a couple of years previously in September 1891. They had two other children after Alfred; Herbert and Johnson.

In 1901 they were listed as living at 15 Highfield Place in Bramley. Their neighbours at No. 2 were the Naylors; Jane who was a widow and her sons, Willliam and Oscar who were organ makers and Eric who was a greengrocer. In 1911 they were at the same residence, but at this time Alfred was listed as an organ pipe maker – like his neighbours. (Source: 1901, 1911 Census)

He enlisted in Leeds, but from his army number it can be ascertained that he did not join up before 1915 and it may even been as late as when conscription was introduced.

We do not know if he was sent to Egypt as his service record has not survived.

He was married in December 1917 to Ida Marsh at North Bierley, but sadly he was killed in action just seven months later on 5th July 1918 at the age of 25. This makes it likely that he was killed during the British retreat from the final German advance, but he could also have been wounded, captured by the Germans and died in their hands.

He is buried at the Conde-sur-L’Escaut Communal Cemetery in France. (Source: CWGC)

He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. (Source: Medal Card)

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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