Alfred HOUGH
Rank: Private
Number: 16941
Unit: 11th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 3 July 1916
Age: 32
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Alfred was born in the parish of St Thomas C of E Church, Stockport and it would seem that he lived all his life in the town until he enlisted in the army. The 1901 Census records him, then aged 18, working in the local hatting industry as a "felt hat planker". Later, he married Ester Ann and they are believed to have lived at 2 Mary Street in the Newbridge Lane area of town.

Reporting his death the local newspaper noted that he had served in the Territorial Army for six years before the war but, unusually, military records suggests that he was not mobilised with them when war was declared. Instead he joined one of the newly created "Service Battalions" in the early autumn of 1914.

Alfred was killed on the third day of the Battle of the Somme. It would seem that, by the time the War Graves Commission was collating its records, in the early 1920s, Ester had also died.

   
           
   
     
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