St.Alban's is a living church which serves the community and on this blog and its attached pages you will find details of the church both past and present and how to contact us. Some pages are still under construction so please bear with us for a while.

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Another purpose of this blog is to provide a genealogical guide to the church of St.Alban the Martyr which is situated in St.John's Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex. Like many churches it contains a wealth of material of interest to people studying local history and family history. It is our intention to provide, as best we can, information about the many people who are commemorated in this beautiful church. Obviously this is a work in progress and the project has only just begun so we ask for your patience. If you have, or think you might have, historical connections with the church, we'd love to hear from you.


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

HAROLD FRANCIS BOX (1895 - 1918)


St.Mary's South Benfleet where Harold's father was Vicar
                                                                 
Harold Francis Box was born in Orsett, Essex, in 1895. He was one of five children born to The Rev. Charles Francis Box the Vicar of St.Mary's South Benfleet, Essex and his wife Emily. Harold attended Keble College, Oxford and it was his intention to follow his father into the priesthood. He was killed in France on 29 October 1918, a few days before the Armistice. At the time of his death he was a lieutenant serving with 5th Battalion Essex Regiment attached to The Royal Engineers. He is listed on the church war memorial


Harold is buried in France at Crucifix Cemetery, Vendegies-Sur-Ecallion. He is also listed on the South Benfleet War Memorial which was erected in 1920.

                                                           South Benfleet War Memorial
                                                       (picture from Southend Standard)

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