Figes, Alfred

(c. 1837 - 1916)

War Service:
ALFRED FIGES died on 30 November 1916.

He had served under the alias William Word as Rifleman 826 in 3rd battalion the Rifle Brigade. He is buried in Ladywell cemetery in an unmarked grave. He was a veteran of the Indian Mutiny and the North West Frontier. He was buried with full military honours on 6 December 1916. The Kentish Times of the 8 December 1916 [page 5]

Military Funeral at Lewisham
At the age of 79 Mr Alfred Figes, Rifle Brigade, an Indian Mutiny veteran, died at his residence, 79 Bradgate Road, Catford on Thursday and he was buried in the "Heroes Corner" at Ladywell on Wednesday, military honours being accorded. The coffin was covered with the "Union Jack", was taken to the cemetery on a gun carriage furnished by the Royal Field Artillery, and a contingent of the Rifle Brigade attended, the pall -bearers being a sergeant-major, two quartermaster-sergeants and a sergeant. The mourners were the widow, Mr and Mrs Clark (son in law and daughter), Mrs Burden (daughter), Private Alfred Figes, London Regiment and Mrs Figes. Sapper Leonard Figes RE (who obtained leave from the front to be present. There were twelve beautiful wreaths, including one from the Lewisham National Reserve, several members of which were present. The "Last Post" was sounded by buglers. The deceased served in the Indian Mutiny and on the North West Frontier, for which he possessed a medal, together with that for the relief of Lucknow. The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Messrs. Francis Chappell and Sons, of Rushey Green.

Location of Memorial:
His name appears at Ladywell cemetery on the screen wall of the Commonwealth War Graves plot beside others whose graves are not marked by headstones.

He was 79 years old and at various times he worked as a publishers assistant or bookseller’s assistant and at the time of the 1901 census lived with his wife Elizabeth in Foxberry Road, Brockley. In 1916 he lived at 79 Bradgate Road, Catford.


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