St. James, Shaftesbury 2

Alfred George Padfield

Surname: Padfield
Other names: Alfred George
Other people in this story:
John Charles Padfield
Mary Eliza Padfield née Maidment
Bessie Padfield née Parsons
Edwin Padfield
Charles Padfield
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gillingham, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury

Alfred George Padfield was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12th October 1888 and baptised at St. James' Church on 9th November 1888, the son of John Charles Padfield and Mary Eliza (as registered) Padfield (née Maidment).  His early life was spent with the family at 36 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, his father having passed away in 1904.   He enlisted and joined the 3rd Battalion and then the 15th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 16887) and was later transferred to the 10th Battalion of the South Wales Borderers (Service No. 42753).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Bessie Parsons at St. James's Church, Shaftesbury, on 25th December 1919 and by the 1921 census was living at 27 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, working as a Tailor with the local firm of Pryce and Barribal (Sports Tailors). By the time of the 1939 Register he had moved to 3 Orchard Road, Gillingham, Dorset, still working as a Tailor.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1970. 

Two of Alfred's brothers also served in the war: Edwin (sometimes known as Edward) (b.1891) with the Dorsetshire Regiment and Charles (b.1884) with the 5th Service Battalion.


Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Edwin Padfield
Charles Padfield