No. 304198 Labour Corps formerly
No. SS/6683 Royal Army Service Corps
Died of disease on Monday 11 August 1924 (aged 47 – death certificate)
Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery
Newtownards and District War Memorial
The name Alfred Fenton is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.
Alfred Fenton, husband of Annie Fenton, died of a cerebral haemorrhage on 11 August 1924 at home in 116 Mill Street, Newtownards and he was buried in Movilla Cemetery. On his death certificate he is described as an Army Pensioner and labourer.
Alfred Fenton and Annie Kelly were married on 16 February 1918 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office. Alfred Fenton, a full-age bachelor and labourer from Mill Street, Newtownards was a son of Robert Fenton, a labourer. Annie Kelly, a full-age spinster from Mill Street, Newtownards was a daughter of James Kelly, a labourer; Rosanna (Annie) Kelly was born on 13 January 1892 in Belfast.
Army records indicate that Alfred Fenton was born in 1879, served with the Royal Army Service Corps (No. SS/6683), went to France on 18 March 1915, fractured his os calcis (left foot) in August 1917 and was transferred back to England on the hospital ship Grantully Castle. Private Fenton was transferred to the Labour Corps (No. 304198) and discharged from the Army on 21 January 1918 because of illness attributable to Service. Ex-Private Alfred Fenton was awarded a trio of service medals – the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Ex-Private Alfred Fenton died on 11 August 1924, was buried in Movilla Cemetery and is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.