Service held to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of a Bristol soldier shot for desertion

Alfred Jefferies had fought at Ypres before he was shot

A service has been held to mark the centenary of the moment a Bristol soldier was shot for desertion.

Alfred Jefferies was a private in the 6th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry.

During the First World War the 30-year-old fought at Ypres, suffered an eye injury and was later gassed and treated for shell shock.

He was remembered today in a ceremony at Dings Park in Bristol.

Alfred was among 300 soldiers shot for desertion in the First World War Credit: ITV News

Alfred was shot at dawn on November 1st 2016. He had been court martialled for leaving the trenches earlier in the summer.

His brother, Arthur, who was two years older, was killed weeks earlier in the trenches.

Researchers say Alfred was the only Bristolian to be shot for desertion.

A wreath was laid today by Mr Jefferies great-great-nephew David - who had travelled to Dings Park in St Philips from his home in Huddersfield.