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Alec was born in 1901, the son of the Fred, a beer retailer, and Kate Dabell (née Jarvis). Alec’s parents were both born at Nottingham in 1867. They were married in 1888 and had three further children, Ada b.1889, Ben b.1891 and Robert b.1895. Fred died around the time of Alec’s birth aged 33. In 1901, Kate was head of the family of four children living on Upper Parliament Street. She was a beer house keeper. Also at the address was her husband's sister Ada. In 1902, Kate married Samuel Hancock at Nottingham. In 1911, they lived at ‘Roseleigh’, Villiers Road, Woodthorpe with two further children, 8 year old Marion and 6 year old Leonard. Kate was still a publican. At the time of Alec's death the family was living at 24 Hartington Road, Sherwood, Nottingham.
27 Mar 1918
746537 - CWGC Website
3rd Bn Grenadier Guards
Private Alec Dabell enlisted in 1914 when 14 years of age. After training he was posted to the 3rd battalion Grenadier Guards which had been in France since 11th August 1915 as a part of the 2nd Guards Brigade of the Guards Division, he was still only 15. He was killed in action on 27 March 1918 during the German 'Operation Michael' having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 1.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 19 April 1918: ‘Dabell. Killed in action, March 27th, Pte. Alec Dabell, Grenadier Guards, after three years’ service, twice previously wounded, the dearly loved son of Kate Hancock, late of Parliament-street.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 27 March 1919: ‘Dabell. Killed in action March 27th, 1918, Pte. Alec Dabell, Grenadier Guards. A true sacrifice. Ever fondly remembered. Mother’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 17 March 1920: ‘Dabell. In loving memory of Alec Dabell, Grenadier Guards, killed in action March 17th (sic), 1918. A true sacrifice. Mother.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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