Private Alfred Edward De Fraine (Defraine)

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Alfred Edward

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De Fraine (Defraine)


Pte Alfred Edward De Fraine (Defraine), 20615, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme on October 12th, 1916. He was aged 37.

Born in Luton in May 1879, to Joseph De Fraine, from London, and Mary (nee Jellis), from Luton, he is recorded in family history documents as living with grandparents William and Mary Jellis in Luton from a baby and during his childhood. His parents had married as teenagers in Lambeth in London in 1878 and seem to have continued to live there.

Following Joseph's death, Mary married hairdresser John Marsh in 1896 and by the time of the 1911 Census were living with three daughters by their marriage at 60 Castle Street, Luton. At the time of Alfred's death they were living at 112 Leagrave Road, John continuing there as a hairdresser.

Beds Regiment records show that Alfred enlisted at Kingston-on-Thames and was living at Wembley Park in London. The family's Leagrave Road address is included on the Luton Roll of Honour.

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United Kingdom

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Warlencourt British Cemetery

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United Kingdom


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1 879

Year of Death: 

1 916

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Most Relevant Date: 

Thursday, October 12, 1916