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.

Saturday, 25 May 2013


Reginald William John Shears was born 2 September 1887 in Etheldon Road, Shepherd's Bush, London.  He was baptised at St. Stephen's Hammersmith on 20 August 1891. His parents were William Henry Simmons Shears and his wife Dora Harriet. In 1901 the family were living at 57 Cambridge Road, Willsden with Reginald and his sister Norah Renee Alicia. By 1911 the family had moved again, this time to 38 Anerley Road, Westcliff, by which time Reginald was working, like his father, as an architect's assistant. He volunteered for the army when war broke out in 1914 and was posted as a Rifleman to 1/9 Battalion Queen Victoria Rifles. He was killed in action on 1 July 1916. Soon after his death the family moved to "Oban" Blackness, Crowbridge, Surrey. He is also commemorated on the Thiepval Monument in France.

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