Private Alfred Victor JODRELL

Suffolk Regiment
[Formerly: 15th Battalion]
Service Number:
[Formerly: 202843]
Date of Death:
27 June 1921 - Died
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Reference:
North-west part of Churchyard.

Personal History:

According to the Birth Index Alfred was born in the September quarter 1897 in Longsight, Manchester. He was the son of Alfred (Engine Driver, LNWR) and Ida (née Boyd) Jodrell. Alfred had two older sisters, Elsie and Phyllis Ida, and a younger sister, Edna Alberta.

The family cannot be found on the 1901 Census. However, the photo of Alfred (taken from an online family history site) shows him dressed in what appears to be the uniform of a jockey. It could be that the family moved to Ireland for a while - although again there is no trace on the Irish 1901 Census - or even America, as his mother was born in Patterson, New Jersey.

By 1911 (Census RG 14/21235) Alfred and his family had moved to live at 4 Marlow Street, Fairfield, Buxton. Alfred died of the effects of War on the 27th June 1921 in the Bury St Edmunds District, Suffolk.

Military History:
Alfred's Service Records do not appear to have survived. His Medal Index Card (MIC) shows a different Service Number [Private 202843] to that on his CWGC Record and his headstone [5820861]. Also, his MIC and the 'WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls' both show him serving in the 15th Battalion, but not until after 1915 as he was eligible for the British War Medal and Victory Medal, but not the 1914-15 Star.

Taking the earlier Service Number (202843) and by comparing with other men whose numbers are available, a likely enlistment date would by in late August 1916. The 15th (Suffolk Yeomanry) Battalion had been formed in Egypt on the 5th January 1917 from a dismounted Yeomanry regiment. In January 1917 it came under the command of the 230th Brigade in the 74th (Yeomanry) Division. On the 1st May 1918 the Battalion embarked at Alexandria for Marseilles, landing on the 7th May.

By the same process, comparing Service Numbers, Alfred transferred to the 'Depot' and was given his new number early in 1921, possibly January. The Depot of the Suffolk Regiment was established at Bury St Edmunds where the barracks to house the Depot was built in 1878. The fact that Alfred died there would indicate that he was still a serving soldier when he died. He was brought home and buried in his local Churchyard, near to the family home in Fairfield.

Commemorated on:
Because of the date of his death Henry's name is not included in any of the Town and local Memorials.
Link to CWGC Record
Alfred Jodrell's grave