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20 Aug 1896
Alfred Stafford was born in 1896 in Nottingham and was the son of Obadiah Stafford, a railway contractor, and his second wife Ruth Stafford née Routen of 'The Orchard' Clumber Avenue Sherwood Rise Nottingham. His father Obadiah was born in Dunkfield Hall Cheshire in 1849 , he was first married to Agnes they had a daughter Florence Louise b1875 Belper. He later married Ruth Routen in 1885 in Melton Mowbray, (she had been born in 1863 in Ashfordby, Leicestershire) they went on to have the following children, Joseph b1887 Ashfordby Sarah b1888 Penarth Glamorgan, Stanley b1889 Chester, Harold 1891 Eckington, Derbyshire, Alice b1893 Chesterfield, Ruth b1895 Chesterfield and Alfred b1896 Nottingham. In the 1911 census the family are living at The Orchard, Clumber Avenue, Sherwood Rise Nottingham and are shown as Obadiah 62 yrs a widow a sub contractor builder, he is living with his children , Florence Louise 36 yrs , Sarah 23 yrs, Alice 18 yrs, Ruth 16yrs, Joseph 24 yrs a civil engineer and Alfred 14 yrs.
31 Oct 1918
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Royal Engineers
Sapper Alfred Stafford, enlisted at Doncaster whilst residing at Nottingham and served with the 456th Field Company Royal Engineers, he died of wounds on 1st November 1918. He is buried in Ramillies British Cemetery. In 1918 456th (2nd West Riding) Field Company were in action during the Battles of the Lys, the pursuit to the Selle and the Final Advance in Picardy. At the Armistice, The 49th Division was resting at Douai, demobilisation began in early 1919.
Death notification published 9th November 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- STAFFORD. – Died of wounds, November 1st, 1918, Sapper Alfred Stafford, Royal Engineers, aged 22, dearly loved youngest son of Obadiah Stafford, Clumber-avenue, Sherwood-rise.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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