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

HAROLD BASIL ALDER (1893 - 1915)

Born in Leytonstone, Harold Basil Alder lived with his parents and two sisters, Muriel and Lilian at "Roslea" 33 Anerly Road, Westcliff on Sea. His father, Francis Alder was a printer and secretary of the Southend Choral Society. Harold was educated at Southend High School and later worked as an advertising clerk at his father's London firm. He enlisted in the army in August 1914 and served with The London Regiment Queen Victoria's Rifles rising to the rank of Acting Sergeant.  He saw action at Ypres and Hill 60. On Whit Monday 1915 he was returning from a trench digging party when he was hit by enemy fire and wounded in the head and neck. He was taken to a base hospital in Boulogne and died on 25th May 1915.

The Alder Family home "Roslea" today.

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