Alfred was born in 1875 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  He was one of at least eight children born to William Mickel (1845-1895) and Emma Elizabeth Mickel (née King) (1851-1893).  The family appears to have used the surname, Mickel, Mickle, or Mickell throughout their lives.  The family lived at 2 Kings Court and then at 89 King Street, Cambridge.  Alfred worked as a chimney sweeper.  By 1901 both Alfred’s parents had died and he was living at 32 King Street and was living with and working for another chimney sweeper, William Spring Kirkup (1874-1950).  Alfred married Eleanor Kate Arnold (1878-1959) in 1909 in Cambridge.  They had one son.  The family lived at 24 Romsey Terrace, Mill Road, Cambridge.  Alfred died of acute pneumonia on 9 March 1917 at the 1st Eastern General Hospital (Territorial Force), Cambridge.  He was 42 years old and not 40 years old as described on the inscription on his grave and in the Press.  His younger brother, Alfred Edward Mickle (1883-1917), also died during the war in France.

 

The Late Pte. A. G. Mickle

The funeral of Pte. Alfred George Mickle, R.A.M.C., who died on Friday last at the First Eastern General Hospital, after a short illness, took place at Mill-road Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon after a service at St Philip’s, Romsey Town.  Pte. Mickle, who lived at 24, Romsey-terrace, was formerly employed at the Alexandra Hall, and had been in the R.A.M.C. for two years.

The service in the church and at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. A. C. Bouquet, and there were a large number of R.A.M.C. men present.  The hymn sung was “O Happy Band of Pilgrims”.  The Dead March in “Saul” was played by Pte. Taylor as the procession left the church.  The following members of the R.A.M.C. acted as bearers: Corpl. Bilton, Corpl. Duke, Lance-Corpl. Kingsworth, Ptes. Ayres, Allen and Fleet.

The chief mourners were: Mrs. Mickle (widow), Mr. W. Mickle (brother), Mr. S. Mickle (brother), Mrs. Westwood (sister), Miss E. Mickle (sister), Mrs Andrews (sister), Miss M. Arnold (sister-in-law), Mrs W. Mickle (sister-in-law), Mr. R. Andrews (brother-in-law).  The officers of the R.A.M.C. were represented by Major C. V. Lyne and Lieut. R. Porter.

The coffin was of French polished elm, with brass fittings, and bore the following inscription: “Alfred George Mickle, died March 9th 1917, aged 40 years.”

Among the floral tributes was one from the officers of the R.A.M.C. and one from the men.

Cambridge Daily News, Wednesday, 14 March 1917

 

Mickle grave
Mickle grave

 

Lat Lon : 52.202298, 0.13622707 – click here for location

Parish : St Paul

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project

Census: 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911

England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915

England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915

England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Cambridge Daily News, Wednesday, 14 March 1917

Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 28 December 1917

 

By Ian Bent, Jo Costin, and Emma Easterbrook

 

 

Alfred George Mickle