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Basford Nottingham
Alonzo was the son of George Robert and Ellen Aubrey (née Hood). His father George Robert (also Robert) Aubrey was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, in about 1854. His mother Ellen Hood was born in Old Basford in 1855, the daughter of George and Mary Ann Hood. She was baptised at Basford St Leodegarius on 12 May 1856. George and Ellen were married in 1877 (A/M/J Basford, surname Aubury). According to the information George provided on the 1911 Census, he and his wife had had five children of whom four survived. Three children have been identified from the Census, all born in Basford: George William b. 16 March 1878 (A/M/J Basford, Aubury); Priscilla Louisa b. 4 June 1880 (J/A/S Basford, Aubery) and Alonzo Robert b. 1883 (A/M/J Basford, Aubery). The child who died young may have been Thomas Burnham Aubrey b. 1886 (O/N/D Basford) who died in 1889 (A/M/J Basford). However, on the 1901 Census George and Ellen were recorded caring for a 'nurse child', Clara Burdell aged 7 (b. 2 September 1893, O/N/D Nottingham, mother's maiden name not recorded), who in 1911 was still living with the family but described as Clara Aubrey (17), status daughter. George was a gas works labourer with Nottingham Corporation, probably at Basford gas works. In 1881 he and Ellen and their two children, George (3) and Priscilla (under 1yr), were living at 7 Monsall Street, Basford. The family had moved to 1 Ekowe Street by 1891 and was living at the same address in 1901: George, Ellen, George jr. who also worked at the Corporation gas works, Priscilla an upholsterer (wicker work), Alonzo (17) a wicker worker and Clara Burdell (7) nurse child. By 1911 George (56) and Ellen (55) were living at 4 East Rowe Street, Nottingham. Only Alonzo, a basket maker, and Clara (Aubrey), an upholsterer, were still living at home. Alonzo's father, George Robert, died in 1930 (A/JS Nottingham) and his mother Ellen on 8 January 1933 aged 77. Alonzo married Ellen Mahala Plackett at Radford parish church on 17 October 1912. His wife Ellen was born on 25 October 1885, the daughter of Louis Alexander Plunkett and his wife Bertha (née Draper). In 1911 Ellen was living with her parents and working as a robe and blouse cutter. Alonzo and Ellen had two sons, George Robert b. 30 April 1913 and John Urban b. 2 May 1916. They were living at 2 Delta Street, Old Basford, in 1915. Ellen married secondly Henry E Taylor (b. 15 February 1880) in 1922. In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled, she and Henry, a locomotive engine driver, were living in Nottingham, with her son John Urban, who probably worked for the Corporation's gas works, her sister Annie Elizabeth Plunkett (b. 23 April 1890) a lace worker, and her unmarried brother George William Plunkett (b. 14 March 1893) a gown manufacturer. Ellen died on 19 July 1975; she was then living on Cherry Orchard Mount, Bestwood Park, Nottingham. Alonzo's son George Robert married Dorothy Elliott (b. 18 May 1912) in 1938 (O/N/D Basford). In 1939 they were living on Minver Crescent, Nottingham; he was a motor spinner (petrol and diesel). George died in 2002 (J/F/M Nottingham). His second son, John Urban, was living with his mother and her husband in 1939. He may have married Rose A Smith in 1949 (A/M/J Southwark London). He later lived in Rowe Gardens, Nottingham NG6; the electoral register (2003-2010) records two other occupants, Stephen Aubery (probably Stephen J. b. 1957 J/F/M Nottingham, mother's maiden name Smith) and Ruth Aubrey. John died on 10 August 2010; he was still living in Rowe Gardens. Of Alonzo's siblings: George William married Emma Badder (b. 21 December 1879) in 1907 (O/N/D Nottingham); there were probably no children of the marriage. In 1911 they were living at 305 Radford Road, Hyson Green, Nottingham, with his wife's widowed mother, Emma Badder. George was a painter (gas meters) and his wife a confectioner (at home). They were still living at the same address in 1939; George was a shopkeeper (sweets and tobacco). He died on 25 March 1963; he was then living in Clifton. Priscilla Louisa married Thomas Brown (b. 26 March 1879) in 1902 (J/F/M Nottingham). In 1911 they were living on Lincoln Street, Basford; he was a sweep on his own account and Priscilla was still working as an upholsterer. Priscilla died in 1966 (O/N/D Nottingham). Clara Burdell (also Aubrey) married Stephen Holmes (b. 17 May 1889) in 1920 (A/M/J Nottingham, Burdell-Holmes). In 1939 they were living in Nottingham; Stephen was a hosiery bleacher and Clara an upholsterer. She died in 1953 (J/F/M Nottingham).
In 1901 he was a wicker worker. His occupation was given as basket maker in 1911 and this was still his occupation when he attested in 1915.
26 Sep 1917
846566 - CWGC Website
2 Delta Street, New Basford, Nottingham
2/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
2/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) Alonzo attested on a Short Service Engagement (duration of war) aged 32y. 7m. on 12 December 1915 and transferred to the Army Reserve the following day. He was not mobilized until 11 April 1917 when he was posted to the 1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters and later to the 2/8th Battalion. Alonzo served with the BEF in France from 3 July 1917 and was reported missing on 26 September the same year. His death was not confirmed until 23 July 1918 when he was 'regarded for Official Purposes as having died on or since 26 September 1917.' He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 99 to 102). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. '2/8th Battn. The Sherwood Foresters, War Diary, September 1917 Appendix A.' 'The Battalion moved off from the Old British Front Line about 11pm, 25th inst., to the Position of Assembly, just behind the position of assembly of the 2/7th Bn. Sherwood Foresters, i.e. West of SCHULER GALLERIES. 'Zero was 5.50 a.m. 26th inst., when the whole attack moved forward. The 2/7th Bn. Sherwood Foresters were detailed to take the ground as far East as FOKKER FARM. The 2/8th Bn. were then to pass through and take the ground as far east as RIVERSIDE. The Battalion area was divided into three portions. 'The Battalion formed up, "C" Coy in front, then "D" Coy, "A" Coy and then "B" Coy. '"C" Coy. were detailed to go through and capture the second portion of the ground, their line being as far East as TORONTO. "D" Coy were to go through and capture the remainder of the ground. "A" Coy to follow the attack closely to give assistance where necessary. "B" Coy, consisting of one platoon, to remain West of the road running North and South just West of TORONTO and act as Local Reserve. The other two platoons acted as carrying parties. 'The attack went entirely according to programme, all objectives were taken to time. 'About 7 o'clock in the evening a German counter attack developed, which forced a little back the Division on the left, also the Battalion on the right, on our front it was broken by the Artillery fire, and our men did not give at all.' Source: www.greatwarforum.org/topic/215864-location-of-28-sherwood-foresters-at-ypres-2691917
Alonzo's personal possessions - photographs and cards - were returned to his widow in November 1918. WW1 Pension Ledgers Index Cards: dependants widow Ellen Mahala Aubrey and children George Robert and John Urban. Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his widow, Ellen, was his sole legatee. Pension: his widow was awarded 25/5 (twenty-five shillings and 5 pence) for herself and her two children, payable with effect from 3 June 1918. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’ 10 January 1933: ’Aubrey. On January 8th, at 23 Ealing-avenue, Ellen, the beloved wife of the late George (Bob) Aubrey, aged 77. At rest. Funeral Bulwell Cemetery, Thursday, 2.45. Sorrowing family.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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