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Alfred Joseph Cornish


Alfred Cornish was born on January 12, 1889, to Alfred John Code Cornish and Martha Cornish of 3 Edinburgh Road in Liverpool. Alfred was baptised at St. Silas Church in Pembroke Place, Liverpool. Alfred senior was a Postal Clerk originally from Devon and Alfred’s mother was originally from Ireland.

Early Life

Alfred was later to have a brother, Norman John, and two sisters, Maria and Florence. By the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved to 79 Leopold Road, in West Derby, Liverpool. By 1911, the family had moved again to 40 Church Road, in Stanley, Liverpool. By now Alfred was 22 years old and was recorded in the 1911 Census as being a Student Teacher.

Chester College

Alfred attended Chester College from 1911 until 1914, and is also recorded as having attended the University of Liverpool.

Military Service

On September 5, 1914, Alfred enlisted in the 19th battalion of the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment as Private 21469 Alfred Joseph Cornish. He was 25 years old. On enlisting, it is recorded that Alfred was a Schoolmaster. On November 6, 1915 he left for France.

On March 26, 1916, Alfred was promoted to unpaid Lance Corporal. This was later confirmed as being a fully paid Corporal in July 1916. A year later Alfred was wounded, but rejoined his unit just one month later in August 1917.

Lest We Forget

Alfred's regiment, the King’s Liverpool Regiment, was in action on the Somme in early 1918. On March 28, Alfred was killed in action between Folies and Mézières. He was 29 years old.

Post Mortem

Alfred was awarded the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory Medals. He is remembered at the Pozières Memorial in the Somme.