Other names: Elijah Tom Burden
Locations in this story: Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetBalkansShaftesbury, DorsetSturminster, Dorset
Story: Elijah Tom Burden Alford was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1877 the son of Samuel Thomas Alford and Rebecca Alford (nee Burden). He spent all his life apart from Military Service in the Shaftesbury area. He married Amy Estelle White on 19 May 1902 at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. He enlisted and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 3/8507). He served in the Balkans area and was promoted to Corporal. He was discharged on 11 Feb 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 3 Layton Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Stoker in a Food Factory. His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1950. His brother, Joseph Alford, also served in the conflict.