Other names: Alfred William
Locations in this story: West Kirby, Wirral, CheshireGallipoli, TurkeyHelles Memorial, TurkeyThe Gardens, Iwerne Minster, DorsetChanuk Bair, TurkeyReading, Berkshire.London
Story: Alfred William Neish was born in 1894 in West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire and baptised there on 22nd April 1894. He was the son of William Neish, who became a gardener on the Iwerne Minster estate, and Jane Neish (née Hinder). Among his siblings was Annie, born in 1886. At the time of the 1911 Census Alfred was single, working as a gardener and living at The Gardens, Iwerne Minster, Dorset. He enlisted in London as a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 9764). He served at Gallipoli and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died at Chanuk Bair on 10th August 1915 and his name appears on the Helles Memorial in Turkey (Panel 156 to 158). He is remembered on the Iwerne Minster War Memorial, Shaftesbury and also on the grave of his sister, Annie, in Reading, Berkshire, who died as a result of her work with the VADs.