Alfred Mellor, L/Cpl 183313, 234th Field Coy., Royal Engineers
Died of wounds 30th March 1918 in France, aged 20
Son of Hugh and Martha Mellor, of 9, Davies St., Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Alfred joined the Army on June 22nd, 1916 and was drafted to France about nine months later.
It is not yet known when and where Lance-Corporal Mellor was wounded but he died from his wounds on 30 March 1918; his death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 19 April 1918:
Mr and Mrs H Mellor, 9 Davies Street, off Buxton Road, Macclesfield, have lost their eldest son, Lce-Corpl Alfred Mellor, Royal Engineers, who died in a casualty clearing station in France on March 30th from gunshot wounds in the left shoulder. He was educated at St Paul’s School and was formerly employed at Messrs Johnson’s, wheelwrights, Chester Road. Joining the Army on June 22nd, 1916, he went out to France about twelve months ago and shortly before Christmas was in hospital suffering from the effects of gas. Lance-Corporal Mellor returned to the line upon recovery and was home on leave in January last. Three brothers-in-law are serving – two in France and the other in Egypt.
L/Cpl Alfred Mellor is buried in grave ref. I. B. 14. of the Namps-au-Val British Cemetery, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for L/Cpl Alfred Mellor, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
The Mill Street Mission held a memorial service to L/Cpl Alfred Mellor on Sunday 21 April 1918 which was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 26 April 1918:
At the Mill Street Mission, Macclesfield, on Sunday, Mr N B Storey referred to the loss the Mission had sustained by the death from wounds of Lance-Corpl. Alfred Mellor, Royal Engineers, Davies Street, Macclesfield.