Alfred Booth, Private 400155, 796th Area Employment Company Labour Corps, formerly 5083, Army Cyclist Corps and 12872, Cheshire Regiment.
Died of pneumonia 2nd January 1918 in France, aged 30
Alfred Booth was born in 1887, the third son of Fanny and Alfred Booth, a silk weaver, of 26 Wood Street, Macclesfield. Alfred senior later died.
Alfred (jnr) married Jane Ann Brough on 24th June 1907 at St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield. At that time Alfred was working as a wire coverer (making fabric trimmings) and Jane was a silk piecer; they set up home at 12 Dean Street. By the following year they had moved to 45 Parsonage Street where their son Alfred was born. He was baptised at St John’s Church, Macclesfield on 14th December 1908, but sadly died at the age of two.
By 1911 the couple had moved to a two-roomed house at 12 Parsonage Street, and they now had a baby daughter, Harriet Ann, who was born in early 1911. Alfred’s older brother, John Fred Booth, a silk spinner, was lodging with the family.
Two more children, Alice and Herbert, were born in 1913 and 1914, but more tragedy struck the family when Alfred’s wife, Jane Ann, died in 1914.
Alfred was conscripted at Macclesfield and initially served on the home front with the Cheshire Regiment before being drafted to France with the Army Cyclists Corps. He subsequently transferred to the Labour Corps and died of pneumonia in France on 2nd January 1918, aged 30 years.
St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield, sent the family a bereavement card on Alfred’s death.
Private Alfred Booth is buried in grave Ref. VIII.I.147 at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Alfred Booth, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “Loving memory and deepest sympathy from his child and brother, A. Booth.”
Thanks to Chris and Brenda, granddaughters of Alfred Booth, for their assistance in compiling this information.