Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Tyne Cot Memorial
Children: Edward & Louise
Regiment: Yorks & Lancaster
Alfred Newbould was the son of Robert McKell and Hannah Whitehead. Robert McKell was the son of William McKell and Mary Ann Newbould, and although Robert and Alfred are on 1891 and 1901 censuses as father and son with surname McKell, Robert was born in 1862, 6 months before his parents married in 1863 and was perhaps registered as Newbould. In any case for some unknown reason Alfred and his siblings were all baptised together on 22 June 1898 as Newbould, but then appear on 1901 census as McKell!His mother died in 1899 (soon after she had another son) and his father in 1904.
Alfred Newbould (McKell) was born 18 August 1886. He married Martha Elizabeth Raby at St Clement’s (C of E) on 8 June 1908. His address was Alexandra Nurseries, Eccleshill and hers was 89 Maperton Rd. His banns were read at St Luke’s. Their first child, Edward, was born 4 months later on 2 October 1908. They had another child, Louise on 5 June 1913.His war records survive and tell the following: He attested (presumably through the Derby/Group scheme) on 11 December 1915 and was mobilised on 19 April 1917. He would have been in a late group
being married and by that time aged 31. His address at time of mobilisation was 11 Fagley Place.His number was 42038 and he was assigned to the 6th Bn Yorks & Lancaster regiment. He was 5ft 3.5ins and weighed 8 stone, with chest measurement 33.5 ins. Not a big man.He entered France on 18 July 1917 and was killed in action on 27 September 1917 – only 10 weeks later.His belongings (wallet, letters, photos, cards, silver watch & chain and key) were returned to his wife in February 1918. At that time she was living at 15 Westfield Crescent
(off Pollard Lane opposite Undercliffe Cemetery).In March 1922, his widow (now living at 7 Moorgate Ave, Bradford Moor) wrote to the war office asking if they knew the whereabouts of his grave, so she could visit. She thought it was somewhere near Ypres. The letter was passed on with a note saying his unit was operating near Langemark-Poelkapelle at the time of his death. It would suggest he was killed at Passchendaele. They wrote back to say he had no known grave. His name is on the memorial at Tyne Cot panel 125-128His widow was granted a pension of 22s/11d a week for her and the 2 children.
. Researched and written by Gaynor Haliday,who has Alfred in her family tree.. Many thanks for sharing his story