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Alec was born at Nottingham in 1901, the son of the Fred a beer retailer and Kate Dabell née Jarvis . His father Fred was born in 1867 in Nottingham and his mother Kate Jarvis was also born in 1867 in Nottingham, they were married in 1888 in Nottingham they had three further children Ada b1889 Ben b1891 and Robert b1895 all born in Nottingham. His father Fred died around the time of Alec's birth in 1901 he was 33 years of age In the 1901 census we find Kate as the head of the family living on Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham her occupation is that of beer house keeper and has 4 children she is living with his sister Ada 28 yrs . In 1902 his mother Kate remarries Samuel Hancock at Nottingham In the 1911 census she is living with Samuel at Roseleigh, Villiers Road, Woodthorpe and she is still a publican and now has two further children with Samuel , Marion 8 yrs and Leonard 6 yrs. At the time of Alex's death the family are living at 24 Hartington Road, Sherwood Nottingham.
27 Mar 1918
746537 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in 1914 and first landed in France on 11th August 1915, aged 15
3rd Bn Grenadier Guards
He enlisted in 1914 when only 14 years of age, no doubt telling a white lie to the recruiting staff who most certainly turned a blind eye to this youngster who would be a soldier. It is also obvious that once he arrived at the Guards Depot, they also ignored his tender years and allowed him to be trained and treated as an adult soldier. After training he was posted to the 3rd battalion 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 years of age. This young man must have taken part in and witnessed many traumatic scenes whilst serving in France and Flanders. He would also have endured the severest of treatment when serving in the trenches with his battalion. He was killed in action during the German Operation Michael. He has no known grave his name is commemorated on the Arras memorial, France
Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged) 18 April 1918: DABELL. Killed in action March 27th, Private Alec Dabell, Grenadier Guards, son of Kate Hancock, late of Parliament Street.
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