Other names: Frederick Sidney
Locations in this story: Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, DorsetEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetSalisbury, WiltshireCann, Shaftesbury, DorsetGold Hill, ShaftesburyIndia
Story: Frederick Sidney Alner was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25th November 1896 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 17th December 1896, the son of Sidney William Alner and Mary Ellen Alner (née Case). The family lived at 14 Gold Hill and Frederick lived all his life, except for Military Service, in the Shaftesbury area. He enlisted and joined the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 3690 and 201752). He served in India on North West Frontier and following his discharge on 28th November 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the India General Service Afghanistan NWF Medal 1919. The 1921 Census shows he had returned to 14 Gold Hill with his parents and was employed as a Mineral Water Hand with Stratton, Son and Mead of Shaftesbury. He married Louisa Barter at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 26th December 1931. By the 1939 Register he was living in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, and was working as a Painter. He later moved to 65 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury. His death was recorded in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registry on 13th April 1965 and he was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 17th April 1965. His name appears on the Roll of Honour prepared by his former employers, Stratton, Son & Mead of Shaftesbury. Sadly Frederick's brothers Harry and Sidney both died in the war in 1918, less than a month apart.