Other names: Thomas Henry
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetShaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Thomas Henry Alford was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 8 Jan 1901 and was baptised at St. Rumbolds Church, Cann, on 3 Feb 1901 the son of Samuel George Alford and Eliza Jane Alford (nee Oborne). He lived all his life in the Shaftesbury area apart from a period of Military Service. He enlisted in the Royal Navy on 25 Jan 1918 as a Boy Class 2 and was made an Able Seaman when reaching the age of 18 years (Service No. J89504). He was eventually discharged on 16 Oct 1928 but signed on for a further period until 10 Jun 1931. He married Daisy Harewell in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in Jun 1935. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 81 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, and working as an Electrical Linesman. He died in the locality during 1989. His father, Samuel George Alford, and his brother, Frederick George Thomas Alford, also served in the conflict.