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, 15 June 2013


Herbert Alfred Hope was born at 173 Adelaide Road, Hampstead, London on 6 December 1890 to Alfred T. Hope and his wife Emma. Alfred was working as a "printer's traveller". In 1901 the family moved to 142 West Green Road in Tottenham. Alfred started his own printing business at 15-16 Friar Street, London and by April 1911 he and Emma had moved to "Endsleigh" at 8 Manor Road, Westcliff on Sea with their four children, William, Herbert, Leonard and May.  During the Great War Herbert, who was working as a clerk/cashier,  joined the Army and was commisioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corp. He was sent to the Military school at Thetford for pilot training. He was trained on a Maurice Farnum biplane and received his pilot's wings on 14 March 1917 and was assigned to 25 Squadron on the Western Front.
The life expectancy for a new pilot was very short and so it would be for Herbert. He died on 28 June 1917 from injuries resulting from an accident while landing. He is buried in plot V.A.11 at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France. Oddly, the records of The Royal Aero Club give his date of death as 8 August 1917.

Herbert Hope was trained on a Maurice Farnum biplane.
Herbert left £421 15s 5d to his mother in his will. Emma later moved to 108 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff. She died in 1930.

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