Other names: Herbert
Locations in this story: The Street, Motcombe, DorsetGuillemont, FranceKinson, Wallis Down, DorsetAxbridge, SomersetWeston super Mare, Somerset
Story: Herbert was born in Motcombe, Dorset, on 28th August 1890, the son of Sidney Herbert Alford and Clara Jane Alford (née 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 5th June 1911. There were three children of the marriage. He enlisted on 9th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 12th April 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 3th September 1916. He was repatriated to the UK on 9th September 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 10th September 1916 where he remained until 5th January 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 16th March 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, and working as a gardener. He died in the Weston super Mare, Somerset, Registration District in 1976.