Alfred Abrams

Alfred Abrams was born on 8th April 1898 at Frodsham Bridge.  He was the son of Robert Abrams (born Frodsham Bridge) and his wife Mary (nee Clare) who was born at Padgate near Warrington.  The father was employed at the nearby boneworks, which was owned by Joseph Ashworth.

In 1901 the Abrams family were living at Boneworks Cottages and three year old Alfred had three older brothers, Peter aged 12 years, James who was eight years old and Walter who was six years of age.  A younger brother named Robert was a one year old.  A sister called Edna had died at the age of five years in 1896.

Ten years later Alfred and his family had moved to Cholmondeley Road in nearby Clifton and the father was working as a bone boiler.  Peter had left home to get married and James had left to work for William Lowe at Sutton Hall in Sutton Weaver, as a farm labourer.  Alfred now had two more siblings, Ethel aged nine years and Elsie aged seven years.  

Alfred enlisted at Chester into the 2nd Battalion of the South Lancs Regiment (The Prince Of Wales’ Volunteers).  His rank was as a private and his service number was 40396. In 1918 they fought on the Somme and then in the Battles of the Lys.  Sadly, Alfred was injured and died of his wounds on 1st May 1918.  He is buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and his name is also inscribed on the family gravestone at St Peter’s Church in Aston-by-Sutton.  At the time of his death his parents were living at 2, Weaver View in Clifton.  He was also recorded as serving at some time in the 1/4th South Lancs Regiment.

Alfred’s brothers James and Walter also served in the Great War and both sadly died in 1916 and later in 1918 respectively.  His older brother Peter had served in the Cheshire Regiment for four years prior to the war.

Alfred Abrams was 20 years old at the time of his death.