Regiment : 1st/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 2179
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 2nd May 1915
Buried : Calvaire (Essex) Cemetery, Belgium, Grave IV. A. 2.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Redditch
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Credits : Researched by Jillian Coombes. Berrow's Worcester Journal Supplement researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
The following information appears in The Birmingham Daily Mail, Friday 14th May 1915:
Redditch Territorial’s Death – Lance-corporal A. Chatterley, a Redditch Territorial, now attached to the 8th Worcesters, writing to a friend, states that so far only one death had taken place in their section, i.e. Private Alfred Danks, Albert Street, Redditch, who was shot through the right temple by a sniper. He had a military funeral, and the company were erecting a stone over the grave. A letter has been received by Mrs Danks from Captain Clarke, praising Private Dank’s work and saying he died instantaneously.
Birmingham Daily Mail courtesy of British Library image: http://www.britishnewspaperarchives.co.uk
1911 census: Alfred aged 29, born in Redditch, single, Fish Hook Maker, lived with his father James Harry Danks, born in Redditch aged 56, Manager at Fish Hook Factory and his second wife Mary Elizabeth Danks aged 38 from Yorkshire. They lived at 111 Bromsgrove Road, Redditch.
A photograph of Private A. Danks of Redditch can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 15th May 1915, available at Worcestershire Archives.