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, 4 June 2013


Ernest Adamson was born in 1895, in Haringey, North London, the son of William and Amy Adamson. When Ernest was about eleven the family moved to Southend, first to Boscombe Road and then to "Innsbruck" 37 Burdett Avenue. Ernest's first job was as a clerk working for H. Garon in Southend but he soon joined the Merchant Navy with the P&O Line. According to his parents he also saw service on HMS Leonides  and HMS Kale. While at home at Christmas 1915 he enlisted in The Royal Fusiliers under the name Ernest Gramholt and served as a Private until his death. He was fatally wounded on the first day of the Battle of The Somme on 1 July 1916 and died eight days later. He also commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

HMS Leonides

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