MOULD, Alexander Joshua

No. 54140, Private, Alexander Joshua MOULD
Aged 20

20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment
formerly No. 39493, Northamptonshire Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Thursday, 10th October 1918

Alexander Joshua Mould was born at Underwood Hall Cottage, Burrough Green (Newmarket Q3-1898 3B:507), baptised in Westley Waterless in 1898, son of James Thomas Barber and Phoebe Laura MOULD (née BELL).

1901 census...Aged 2, he was The Leys, Bury Lane, Lidgate with his father Thomas [35] groom/gardener, born Kirtling; his mother Phoebe L [34] born Ashley;sisters Laura [7] and Florence [5] both born Kirtling; brothers Thomas E [4] born Burrough Green and Fredric J [9 months] born Lidgate.

1911 census...Aged 11, he was at The Belt, Lidgate with his parents (father now a labourer); brothers Thomas Edward (labourer), Frederick Joe, Alfred martin [9], Francis Herbert [5] and Albert Victor [3] and sister Agnes Edith [7]. All the new siblings were born in Lidgate. Sadly of the 15 children born by Phoebe, 6 had already died.

His elder brother Thomas died of his wounds in France, exactly six months earlier while a prisoner of war of the Germans see here

He enlisted in Newmarket.
The 20th Manchesters had one spell in France/Flanders, then November 1917 to September 1918 they were in Italy before returning to France.
Alexander dying of his wounds it is impossible, in the absence of his Army records, to say exactly where and when he was wounded. Only three of his comrades died that day, behind the lines, all of wounds. They were in all probability involved in the Battle of Beaurevoir (3rd-7th October)

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Alexander Mould is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, grave S:2:S:9

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