Alfred Mungham was my first cousin four times removed. We are both descended from Thomas Mungham and Elizabeth Wood who were his Grandparents, and my 4th Great Grandparents. I first wrote about this branch of my family back in March when I posted about Herbert George Hewlett who was Alfred’s nephew.
Alfred was the oldest child of William Mungham and Sarah Johnson. Born in Kent, the family later moved to London where Alfred took up the trade of carpenter and worked for the railway. He was married with children when he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) on August 7, 1914, 3 days after Germany invaded Belgium and Britain declared war on Germany. This all sounds relatively similar to other profiles in this series except for one thing: his date of birth. While most I have profiled had a birth year of the late 1880s to mid 1890s, Alfred was born in 1859.
Alfred married Jane Elizabeth Sutherland in 1881, and they had their first child the following year. Two more followed between in 1883 and 1885, but sadly, both these children passed away in 1885. Six years passed before Alfred and Jane had another child, then another in 1895, followed by their youngest in 1900 when Alfred was 41, and Jane was 39. Alfred was 55 years old, and did not lie about his age at attestation. He was considered fit for serving in the RAMC in a military hospital. He trained in nursing, and served in Britain for the entire duration of the war, being discharged on the 24th of March, 1919. This was 4 years and 230 days of service.
Alfred passed away in March of 1935 at the age of 76.