Alfred Bullock was born in Bollington in 1884 and baptised on 7 September 1884 at Pott Shrigley Church, the son of Sarah Ellen and Joseph Ralph Bullock, a saddler and harness maker of Wellington Road, Bollington, where the family was living in 1891. In 1901 the family was stated to be living on Greenshaw Lane (now Grimshaw Lane); their home was probably on the corner of Grimshaw Lane and Wellington Street.
Alfred was educated at Macclesfield Grammar School; by 1901 he had left school and was employed as a bank clerk.
Alfred married Mary Louisa Sutton at Christ Church, Moss Side, Manchester in May 1916. A report of the wedding was printed in the Macclesfield Courier on 27 May 1916:
MILITARY WEDDING - A very pretty wedding was solemnised on Saturday last at Christ Church, Moss Side, Manchester, the contracting parties being Private Alfred Bullock, of the 6th Reserve Battalion Manchester Regiment, and Mary Louisa Sutton. Private Bullock is the only son of Mr and Mrs J R Bullock, whilst the bride is the youngest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs H J Sutton, of Bollington Cross... The bride was given away by her brother, Mr Joseph Sutton... The bridegroom only had five days leave, and after spending a week-end at Lytham he re-joined his regiment at Witley, Surrey, on Tuesday. The happy couple were married by special license.
Alfred was reported missing in the Macclesfield Courier on 11 May 1918:
PTE A BULLOCK MISSING - Mr and Mrs J R Bullock, of Wellington Road and Grimshaw Lane, have received notification that their only son, Pte Alfred Bullock, of the Manchesters, has been missing since March 25th. Prior to joining the Army Private Bullock was engaged at the Stockport branch of the Manchester, Liverpool and District Bank, having previously been in the Manchester and Macclesfield branches of the bank.
Alfred was later assumed to been killed in action on 25th March 1918.
Private Alfred Bullock is commemorated on Panel Bay 7 of the Arras Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Alfred Bullock, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private Alfred Bullock is commemorated on the Macclesfield Grammar School and Bollington Palmerston Street and St John's Church war memorials.
Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the Manchester District Bank (now Royal Bank of Scotland) memorial website.
Diocese of Chester Parish Baptisms (Find My Past): St Christopher's Church, Pott Shrigley, Cheshire
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Courier: 27 May 1916, 11 May 1918
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.