Other names: Alfred Lawrence
Locations in this story: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBerwick St. John, WiltshireTisbury, WiltshireLancaster, LancashireWallasey, Cheshire
Story: Alfred Lawrence Filley was born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the son of George Frederick Filley and Sarah Louisa Filley (nee Wheeler). Alfred's father died in 1900 and he and his mother moved to Berwick St. John, Wiltshire, where she took up the position of the local school headteacher. Alfred had enlisted in the Royal Navy on 25 Aug 1914 as a Boy Artificer and eventually rose to the rank of Engine Room Artificer (similar to Petty Officer rank). He served in various ships and shore establishments during his time and remained in the service after the war. He had been awarded the Victory and British War Medals. His marriage to Annie Samson was recorded at Tisbury, Wiltshire, during 1919. Unfortunately his wife died in 1936. As time progressed Alfred became a Lieutenant (Engineering) on 1 Jul 1938 and it is presumed he continued through to WW2. He remarried Gwladys Jane Cross in Lancaster, Lancashire, on 19 Aug 1959. His death was recorded at the Eversleigh Nursing Home, Wallasey, Cheshire, on 22 Mar 1988.