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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone at Menin Road South Military Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
29 Aug 1889
George Alvey was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Alvey (née Hook). His father Joseph Alvey was born in Nottingham in about 1843 and his mother Elizabeth Hook was born in about 1860, also in Nottingham. Joseph and Elizabeth were married in 1878 (reg. Nottingham) and had the following children, all of whom were born in Nottingham; Albert Edward b. 1879, Richard Henry b. 1881 (reg. J/F/M), Annie (Annie Elizabeth) b. 5 May 1883, Henry b. 26 September 1886, George b, 1889 and Francis Joseph b. 6 December 1891 (reg. 1892 J/F/M). In 1881 Joseph, a labourer, and Elizabeth, a lace clipper, were living at 5 Balloon Court, Nottingham, with their children Albert (1) and Richard (under 1 year). They were lodgers in the home of James and Ann Hillyard and their family. By 1891 they had moved to Bear Court, Nottingham. Joseph was working as a chimney sweep (own account). He and Elizabeth now had five children: Albert, Richard, Annie (8), Henry (4) and George (1). Francis was born at the end of the year. Elizabeth Alvey died in 1900 (A/M/J) aged about 39. In 1901 Joseph and five of his children were recorded living on The Bank, Woodborough, Nottinghamshire. Annie was housekeeper for the family: her father Joseph and four brothers Albert an agricultural labourer, Henry a baker's assistant and George and Francis who were still at school. Richard was a yardman on a farm and living on Main Street, Woodborough, with Herbert Bish, farmer and hosier, and his family. Joseph died in 1903 (J/A/S) and his family was dispersed although several settled in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire. Albert Edward has not been traced after 1901. Richard Henry married in 1905 (O/N/D Basford). Annie married Charles Hopewell in 1905 and in 1911 they were living in Arnold with their three children, Charles, Harold and Elsie although in 1912 they had another daughter, Catherine. Charles died of wounds received in action in 1917. (See 'Extra information' and Charles' record on this Roll of Honour.) Henry married Deborah Kate Robinson at Long Eaton Register Office, Derbyshire, in 1913 (reg. O/N/D Shardlow). In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled, Henry, an iron foundry labourer, was living at 37 Antill Street, Stapleford, along with his wife Kate D. (b. 24 June 1891) and their children George b. 22 January 1920, a spring seat assembler, and Pearl b. 20 February 1928. The record of another member of the household remains closed. Also in the hosuehold was Nellie Smallwood (b. 1915 unm.) a sewing machinist. Henry proibably died in 1966. George (21) was living on Draycott Lane, Breaston, in 1911. He was a waggoner on a farm and boarding with Walter Powles (25), a shunter, and his wife. Francis Joseph married Cissie E Baker (b. 15 December 1891) in 1912 (J/F/M Shardlow). In 1939 Francis, an LMS engine driver, and Cissie ('incapacitated') were living on 2 New Eaton Road, Stapleford, with their daughter Joyce E.(b. 1920) whose occupation was given as unpaid domestic duties. Francis was still living at the same address when he died on 10 March 1955. His wife survived him.
On enlistment he gave his occupation as a goods checker.
12 Nov 1917
95722 - CWGC Website
Stapleford Nottinghamshire
7th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Private George Alvey enlisted on 31st August 1914 at Newark, giving his age as 25 yrs and 2 days, occupation goods checker. His next of kin was his married sister Annie Hopewell of 4 Calverton Road, Arnold. He trained at Aldershot and on 5th September 1914 was posted to the 7th battalion Leicestershire Regiment. He landed in France on 28th July 1915. George died of wounds on 12th November 1917 and is buried at Menin Road South Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His sister, Annie Hopewell, was his sole legatee. George's brother-in-law, Charles Hopewell, served in the 7th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps (R/10062) and died of wounds in the UK on 21 May 1917. He was buried in Arnold Cemetery, Redhill, Nottingham. (See record on this Roll of Honour)
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone at Menin Road South Military Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    George Alvey - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone at Menin Road South Military Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle