Finlow, Alfred

Alfred Finlow/Findlow, Private 49611, 9th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 24th March 1918 in France, aged 34

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Ann Finlow, of 13 Jackson St, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

Alfred initially served with the 7th Cheshire Regiment with service number 4454. His name was sometimes incorrectly recorded as Findlow.

Alfred’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 12 April 1918:

Mrs Findlow, 13 Jackson St, Macclesfield, has received word that her son, Pte Alfred Findlow, Cheshire Regt. was killed in France on March 24th. He was thirty-three years of age and single and was formerly employed as a baker by Mr C Palin, Park Lane. Pte Findlow attended London Road Branch School in boyhood, and was also connected with St George’s Church. He had been in the Army over two years and spent nineteen months in France. His brother, Gunner Herbert, Royal Field Artillery, was recently gassed and is now at Ripon. Another brother, Pte Sam, is in Italy.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Alfred Finlow is commemorated is buried in the region of Memorial Ref. III. B. 18. of the Delsaux Farm Cemetery. His mother asked for the inscription “THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Alfred Finlow, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Alfred Finlow is commemorated on the Park GreenTown HallSt Michael’s Church and St George’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

Brother of Herbert, who served as a gunner 159470 with the Royal Field Artillery, was gassed and was repatriated to hospital at Ripon; and Sam, who served in Italy as a private.

 

SOURCES

WWI Britain Absent Voters’ Lists (Find My Past)
Lives of the First World War website

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 12 April 1918

 

 


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