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.

Sunday, 9 June 2013


Clement Thomas Groombridge was born in Bishop Storford in 1895. His father (also Clement) was a coachman and seemed to have moved around quite a bit. In 1901 the family which consisted of Clement. his parents and two sisters, Florence and Annie, were living in Weymouth Mews, Marylebone, London.

Weymouth Mews, where the Groombridge Family lived in 1901

By 1911 the family were living at 99 St.Helen's Road, Westcliff on Sea and were attending St.Alban's Church in St.John's Road. The elder Clement's profession is listed on the April census as "Jobs Master".

99 St.Helen's Road today.

 When war was declared in 1914 Clement was one of the earliest volunteers and rose to the rank of Lieutenant, 4th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.  He died in England and is buried in the Groombridge family grave in plot E4219 in Southend Cemetery, Sutton Road. He is also remembered on The Royal Leicestershire website which now includes updated information from this page and our photograph of the family grave.

The Groombridge Family Grave

To visit the Royal Leicestershire Regiment Website entry on Clement Groombridge click the regiment name.

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