Laurence William ALGER

Laurence Willam Alger

Private Alger, known as William, was born in Brandon in 1893, and was living in Thetford when he joined the Norfolk Regiment in Norwich on 29th March 1915. He was the son of Fanny Crane (formerly Alger) of The Row, Weeting and the late William Alger.

He sailed for France onboard the SS Onward on 29th December 1915, arriving at the depot in Etaples the next day. Here he was transferred to the 8th Battalion Border Regiment. After serving four months with K2 entrenching battalion, he joined "C" company on 28th May 1916.

He died of wounds aged 21 in France & Flanders on 15 July 1916. He is buried in Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension.

His death was reported in the Thetford and Watton Times on August 12th, 1916:

Killed in Battle The sad intelligence was received on the 3rd by Mrs Crane that her son, Private Lawrence William Algar was killed in battle on July 16th. After the outbreak of war he was one who volunteered to fight for his country. He was 22 years of age. He was for some years employed on the Snarehill estate by Mr H Musker.

1914 -15 Star

Victory Medal

British War Medal

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