Alfred Sagar was born on the 7th of January 1888 in Bradford and baptised in Eccleshill on the 1st April 1888, the third of seven children of William Henry and Mary Jane, nee Simpson.Alfred married Mary Jane Barlow in 1908 in Bradford when he was 20 years old and Mary Jane only 17 years of age. He was working as a stuff warehouseman. They went to live at 6 Malt Kiln Fold, Undercliffe where their first child Leah was born in 1910. Another child Leslie was born in 1913.
Mary Jane died in October 1915 aged 24 years leaving two young children. Alfred’s father William Henry had died on the 8th of January 1914, leaving his widow to care for her motherless grand-children.Days after his wife’s deathAlfred enlisted as Gunner 795523 in ‘B’ Battery of the 77th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. His Brigade landed at Le Havre on the 17th February 1916 and Alfred served on the Western Front until his death on the 13th of October 1917.
The Battles of Ypres took place from the 31st July until the 10th of November 1917. It is possible that Alfred fought in the Battle of Poelcapelle on the 9th of October 1917 as he died four days later as a result from wounds received in action. He was 29 years old.Alfred is buried in the Poelcapelle British Cemetery which was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields and smaller cemeteries.
The great majority of the graves date from the last five months of 1917 and in particular October.He left his effects to his mother Mary Jane as the guardian for the deceased soldier’s children. She received £2.14.10d on the 26th March 1918 and a War Gratuity of £9.0.0d on the 12th November 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks