Alfred Matson

Source: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

MATSON , Gunner, A, 143200, "D" Bty. 107th Bde., Royal Field Artillery. 17 July 1917. Age 23. Son of Thomas and Mary Matson, of 6, Wilson St., Darlington. Born Aycliffe, Darlington. Grave Ref. XVI. D. 1.

Charles is also commemorated on the War Memorial, St. Andrew's Church, Aycliffe, as is his brother Charles, who was also killed.

Alfred Matson was baptized March 25, 1893 in St. Andrew's Chuch, Aycliffe. His parents were Thomas and Mary. Thomas was a labourer.

In the 1911 census Alfred is living with his parents in High Street, Aycliffe in 5 rooms:

Thomas Matson, age 50, Labourer (Estate Drainer), born Morden, Durham

Mary Matson, age 49, married 27 years, 5 children, 4 still alive, born Sedgefield, Durham

William Matson, age 26, Boilersmith, North Eastern Railway, born Aycliffe, Durham

Olive Matson, age 24, Dressmaker, working at home, born Aycliffe, Durham

Alfred Matson, age 17, Teacher, Durham Education Committee, born Aycliffe, Durham

Charles Matson, age 15, Boilersmith at Stephenson's Works, born Aycliffe, Co. Durham