Alfred Maudsley was born on the 25th of February 1893 in Halifax and baptised at St Luke, Eccleshill on the 20th of April 1898. He was the son of John William Maudsley and Annie Susan, nee Birch. John William died in 1897 aged 34 years and in Annie in 1901 was living with her children at 3 Corporation Street, Eccleshill. She was working as a Charwoman. By 1911 the family had moved to 79 Idle Road and Alfred was working as a paviors apprentice.When Alfred enlisted on the 25th of October 1915 he gave his address as 107 Idle Road. He enlisted as Private 203312 of the 9th Battalion of the Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). On a home leave he married on the 29th November 1916 at St Mary, Laisterdyke, Ivy Sykes, 21 years, a weaver of 61 Back Peel Street.
Alfred’s Division was involved in the Battles of Ypres 1917 when his Battalion fought at the Battle of Langemarck 16th/18 of August, the Battle of Menin Road 20th/25th September, the Battle of Polygon Wood 26th September to the 3rd of October, the Battle of Broodseinde on the 4th October and the Battle of Poelcappelle on the 9th of October1917 when he was killed in action. He was 24 years of age.He is buried at the Cement House Military Cemetery, the Military name given to a fortified farm building. The cemetery was begun here at the end of August 1917 and used by the 17th Division burial officers, by field ambulances and by units in the line until April 1918.He left his effects to his widow Ivy who received £2.17.2d on the 15th April 1918 and a War Gratuity of £9.0.0d on the 27th November 1919. Ivy re-married in 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks