Alfred George Ives. M.M.

Grave of Alfred George Ives. M.M.
Ronnie Pigram


Alfred George Ives M.M.  death record shows his date of birth as the 22nd September 1889. His parents were George and Martha Ives who lived in London. The 1911 Census shows he was a shirt cutter living in Plaistow.

Alfred George Ives joined up on the 27th November 1915 and was assigned to the 2nd/12th Battalion of the London Regiment. His Service No. was 5170 which was later changed to 472163. The Battalion spent a lot of time in the UK before sailing to France on the 4th February 1917 and landing at Le-Havre.

He was promoted to Lance Corporal on the 9th October 1917 and subsequently to Corporal on 26th April 1918.

For exceptional bravery sometime in 1918 he was awarded the Military Medal. He was Gazetted in the The London Gazette/Supplement issue dated 29th August 1918 (page 10125). He was also awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal after the war.

He received a severe gunshot would to his right thigh that caused a compound fracture of his Femur bone. It is highly likely that this occurred on 26th September 1918. He was then invalided home to spend time in  the Third Southern General Hospital in Oxford.

He was discharged from service on 28th March 1919 under Kings Regulations Para 392 (xvi) which means he was no longer physically fit for service. To show this to the public he was given a Silver War Badge on 31st May 1919.

He then got on with life. In the third quarter 1925 he married Alice Mary Hulls in West Ham.  The 1929 electoral roll reveals that Alfred George Ives and Alice Mary Ives, lived at “Clovelly” St. Mary’s Drive, Benfleet. They had two sons Donald and Malcolm, and a daughter Mary who died as a baby (shown on the picture of the tombstone).

He died in late 1971 aged 82 and his death was registered in December of that year.

(Page edited by Phil Coley on 2nd November 2014)

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  • Hi John,

    Thanks for submitting a comment to our site. However there are two Alfred Ives who served during WW1 and both received the Military Medal.

    Your query made us re-examine the evidence we had and we found that since the article was written a lot more records have been put on the web including the Service Record of Alfred George Ives who is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard in South Benfleet.

    The London Gazette listing for your grandfather’s Military Medal is on page 13198 dated 17th December 1917 - 215 L./C. (T./2nd Cpl.) A. Ives, E.

    The London Gazette listing for Alfred George Ives’ Military Medal is on page 10125 dated 29th August 1918 - 472163 Cpl. A. G. Ives, Lond. R. (East Ham).


    Phil Coley

    BCA Webmaster

    By Phil Coley (02/11/2014)
  • I think you may have confused the military history of the above servicemen with my grandfather who served in WW1 for the Australia. His service number was AIF 215 and he was awarded the MM on the 4 October 1917. He was also awarded the BWM and the Victory Medal.

    It would be unlikely but not impossible that 2 servicemen from 2 sides of the world who had the same name also won the same medals but I guess stranger things can happen.

    John Ives



    By john Ives (01/11/2014)
  • I have no idea if this helps at all but there was a shoe shop on Canvey that was called Ives. Probably not related but worth a thought? Regards.

    By Terry Ive (21/07/2013)

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