Alfred Elwell was the son of Alfred Russon Elwell of 10 Brook Street, Wordsley. He volunteered for the Worcesters at the outbreak of war and joined the 9th (Service) Battalion. They went to the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915 as reinforcements and landed on the 6th August. The stalemate, however, was not broken and they left safely in a well organized evacuation. They moved in 1916 to Mesopotamia to attempt the relief of British troops in Kut on the Tigris but no break-through was possible. Another stalemate ensued and during the hot Spring months, when fighting was not undertaken, disease affected many of the troops. Private Alfred Elwell probably died from disease on the 26th May. He was 34 years of age and is commemorated on the Basra and Wordsley Memorials.
High Street, Wordsley, West Midlands, DY8 5RU
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