Other names: Herbert
Locations in this story: Motcombe, DorsetGuillemont, FranceKinson, Wallis Down, DorsetAxbridge, SomersetWeston super Mare, Somerset
Story: Herbert was born on Motcombe, Dorset, on 28 Aug 1890 the son of Sidney Herbert Alford and Clara Jane Alford (nee Marshall). He lived with his family at The Street, Motcombe. By 1911 he was boarding in Kinson, Wallis Down, Dorset, where he married Elsie Mary Maud Williams at St. Andrews Church, Kinson, on 5 Jun 1911. There were three children of the marriage. He enlisted on 9 Dec 1915 but was not mobilized until 12 Apr 1916 when he joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private. (Service No. 17410). Whilst serving at Guillemont, France, he received a Shell Shrapnel Wound in the left foot on 3 Sep 1916. He was repatriated to the UK on 9 Sep 1916 at the same time transferring to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 31636). He was admitted to the B178 Military Hospital on 10 Sep 1916 where he remained until 5 Jan 1917. The medical report after his recovery indicated that his foot was now deformed and pieces of shrapnel remained embedded. He was declared unfit for further service and discharged with a limited period pension on 16 Mar 1917. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as Silver Badge No. 145625. By the 1939 Register he was living at Sunny Mead, Axbridge, Somerset, working as a gardener. He died in the Weston super Mare, Somerset, Registration District in 1976.