Able Seaman Alfred Henry LAST J/18054 died 31st May 1916 aged 19

Whilst researching my own LAST family tree, I have discovered another relative who was killed during World War 1 – Alfred Henry LAST my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Taking my research further I have looked up Alfred’s entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, which shows Able Seaman Alfred Henry LAST J/18054 H.M.S. “Black Prince”, Royal Navy who died on 31st May 1916 – Son of Mr and Mrs W.H.LAST of St Bartholomew’s Athletic Ground, Winchmore Hill, London.


Alfred Henry LAST was born on the 24th March 1897 in Norwood in Surrey and his baptism record on the 2nd May 1897 at Holy Innocents Church in South Norwood, also shows the baptism of his brother John Herbert LAST born on 2nd December 1895.

His parents are shown as William Henry and Ada Emma LAST living at Pavilion Cottage in South Norwood, with his father’s occupation shown as a Professional Cricketer – more investigation needed in due course!

Alfred Henry LAST Baptism record

Source Information: – Surrey, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912

Alfred’s father William Henry LAST married Ada Emma TERRY in the April quarter of 1890 in the Lewisham, London Registration District.

The 1901 census shows Alfred aged 4 living with his parents William and Ada at The Cottage by the Lake at The Club, South Norwood Park, together with siblings Ada, William and John. His father’s occupation on this census record is shown as a Professional Groundsman.

Alfred Henry LAST 1901 census

Source Information: – 1901 census

By the 1911 census Alfred, aged 14, is working as an Errand Boy and living with his parents and siblings William, John and Emma and his father’s occupation is now shown as Head Groundsman – their address is St Bartholomew’s Athletic Ground, Pavilion Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, Edmonton.

Alfred Henry LAST 1911 census

Source Information: – 1911 census

The following year on 20th June 1912 Alfred Henry LAST joined the Royal Navy first serving on H.M.S. Impregnable and his service continued until he was killed in action, aged 19, on 31st May 1916 serving on H.M.S. Black Prince at the Battle of Jutland.

Alfred Henry LAST Seamans Services

Source Information: – The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 683 

H.M.S Black Prince was a Duke of Edinburgh-class armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1900s. She was stationed in the Mediterranean when the First World War began and participated in the pursuit of the German battlecruiser SMS Goeben and light cruiser SMS Breslau. After the German ships reached Ottoman waters, the ship was sent to the Red Sea in mid-August to protect troop convoys arriving from India and to search for German merchant ships. After capturing two ships, Black Prince was transferred to the Grand Fleet in December 1914 and was sunk during the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, with all hands killed


Alfred Henry LAST CWGC 31 5 1916

Source information: – UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947

Citation Detail:Peter Singlehurst; Memorials to the Naval Ranks and Ratings of the Empire Who Fell in the Great War and Have No Other Grave than the Sea Portsmouth Memorial Part 4 1916 G-N

Alfred Henry LAST Naval Medals Roll

Source Information: – UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972

Citation Information – Class: ADM 171; Piece: 107

Alfred Henry LAST is Remembered with Honour on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial

I now need to investigate his family, particularly his father William Henry LAST, to discover more about the ‘cricketing’ connections and I will keep you updated with anything I find.

Simon Last              

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