Alfred Wells was born in 1888 at Newton on Ouse the fourth of six children of Thomas and Elizabeth , nee Kirk.In 1911 the family were at Fairfield Stables in York where Alfred at 23 years of age was a groom on a stud farm.In 1914 Alfred married Florence Tasker born 1890 in Selby and they had one son, John born in 1916 in Wokingham, Hampshire. It is not known when Alfred enlisted but he joined the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Berkshire
Regiment as Private 37621. Nothing is known about Alfred’s war but the 2nd Battalion was a Regular Army unit and was serving in India on the outbreak of war being recalled to Britain, where, with other Regular units also stationed abroad, it helped form the 25th Brigade and was attached to the 8th Division. They came to the Western Front in late 1914 and served there for the rest of the war. Alfred was killed in action on the 3rd of March 1917 when he was 29 years of age.
He is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, one of the many Somme Battlefield cemeteries. The Cemetery was not started until May 1917 when the British V Corps cleared the battlefield of soldiers’ remains. Alfred left his effects to his widow Florence and child who received £2.8.2d on the 19th June 1917 and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 21st October 1919. At the time of Alfred’s death Florence was living at 7 Fagley Road, Eccleshill.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks