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PTE: RICE, ALFRED

Born: Alfred Rice, first quarter of 1893 and registered in Honiton, Devon, England.1


Parents: Philip, (Head), an Agricultural Labourer, age 37, born, Payhembury, Devon. Daughters: Jane, born, Payhembury, Devon, age 4 and Hannah, born, Awliscombe, Devon, age 2. Sons: William J. born, Awliscombe, Devon a Scholar, age 9 and George, a Scholar, born, Alpington, Devon, age 7. They lived at Shelf No.1, Awliscombe, Devon.2


Parents: Philip, (Head), a Farm Worker, age 42* and Mary A. Rice, age 42*. Daughters: Mary Jane, age 14, Annie, age12 and Ada, age 9. Son: Alfred, age 8. All the family born in born, Payhembury, Devon. England. They speak only English. They all live in Star Row, Fforestfach, Swansea, (about 5 houses away from the Star Inn).3


Parents: Philip, (Head), a Labourer Road Repairer, age 57 and Mary Ann, age 57, Married: 31 years, 7 children born alive and 6 still living. Sons: George, a Labourer Road Repairer,  age 27, (single) and Alfred, a Carter, age 18, (single). They all live at Middle Road, Gendros, Fforestfach, Nr. Swansea.4


Alfred Rice, born, Swansea. Enlisted at Swansea in the Welsh Regiment, 14th Battalion as Private, Service Number 17639. Killed in Action, 18th March 1916.5


Died: age 23, Son of Philip and Mary Ann Rice, of Tyr Bent Cadle, Forest Fach, Swansea.   Grave Reference: Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France.6  

OUR ROLL OF HONOUR
RECRUITS FOR THE NEW ARMIES.
NAMES OF LOCAL MEN SERVING KING AND COUNTRY.
FFORESTFACH’S QUOTA.

We have pleasure in publishing a further list of local recruits who have joined various units of the new armies. Employers are invited to assist us in com-piling a complete record by supplying us with the names of their employes who have enlisted.”
FFORESTFACH
Pte. Alfred Rice, Swansea Battalion.7

FFORESTFACH LAD'S FALL.
Private Daniel Charles. Armine road. of the Swansea Battalion, has written to a friend informing him that Private Alfred Rice, of the same battalion (Son of Mrs. Rice, Star Row, Fforestfach) had fallen.  Private Lewis Evans, Ystrad. has also written to a friend saying that Private Rice had been missing for two day. On Thursday a further communication arrived in the village from Private William Bevan, Cwmbach, Cockett, stating that he had attended and assisted in Private Rice's burial.  No official communication has as yet been received. Private Rice joined the colours shortly after the outbreak of war. His elder brother, George seen four months' service in France with the Middlesex Regiment, and is, now home on ten days sick leave.  Private Aaron Williams, Mile End, has 1 written home conveying the sad news that Private Ernest Williams, of the Swansea Battalion, has fallen in action. A short, time ago his brother, Private Emlyn Williams, Royal Rifles, fell in action. They are sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Williams, Gendros. A third son, Private David Williams, is also with the Swansea Battalion.8

FFORESTFACH LAD KILLED.
 Mrs. Rice, Star row, Fforestfach, has received official news of the death in action of her youngest son, Pte. Alfred Rice. Pte. Rice joined the Colours shortly after the outbreak of war. An older brother, Pte. Geo. Rice, is now home on sick leave.9

Medals: Victory, British & Star.10

SOURCE
1 England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
2 1891 England Census
3 1901 Wales Census
4 1911 Wales Census (* should be both age 47).
5 UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
6 Commonwealth War Graves Commission
7 Cambrian Daily Leader 13.11.1914
8 Cambrian Daily Leader 25.03.1916
9 Herald of Wales 15.04.1916
10 British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards1914-1920