Alfred William John Folley

Alfred was born on 20thJuly 1893 and baptised on 10thSeptember, son of Elizabeth and Albert, a farmer. The family lived in the spacious Manor Farm at Emmington near Thame that had 11 rooms, one of two farms in the parish. Kelly’s Directory for 1901 states the population numbered 44 n that year and that the village children attended Sydenham Elementary School nearby, where Alfred no doubt experienced his early education before he attended LWGS between 1908 and 1910. After leaving school he became an apprentice engineer, living at home in 1911. No surprise therefore that when he joined up in 1914 he served as a Private in the Army Service Corps Motor Transport, later renamed the Royal Army Service Corps. He served in France from 24thMay 1915.  

In the spring of 1924 he married Violet Linders.  In 1939 he and Violet were living at Tetsworth. He was working as a garage proprietor and listed in Kelly’s Trade Directory of the same year as a Carrier.

He died at Shotover Old People’s Home on 21stApril 1984, aged 100, leaving £5605, most probably the longest living OT who served in the Great War.

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