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He was born in 1883 (registered Apr/May/Jun) the son of Walter Hodges Silvers and Betsy Silvers. His father Walter was born in Dudley, Staffordshire, and was an iron moulder. On the 1911 census completed by Betsy Silvers she declared that she had had 14 children born alive of whom only 11 were still living; the details were crossed out but are still legible.Thirteen children were named on the census between 1891 and 1911: William, Julia, Joseph, George, Mildred, Alfred, Louis, Sam, Elizabeth (Lizzie), Harry, Annie, Hannah and Florence. All the children were born in Nottingham apart from George who was born in Derby. In 1891 Walter and Betsy were living at 52 Leicester Terrace, St Ann's, Nottingham, with their nine children William (16), Julia L (14), Joseph (13), George (11), Mildred (9), Alfred (8), Louis (5), Sam (4) and Elizabeth (2). Walter died in 1898 (registered Apr/May/Jun) age 45, and by 1901 Betsy was living at 92 Sycamore Road, St Ann's, with her children Mildred, Louis, Lizzie, Harry (9), Annie (7), Hannah (5) and Florence (4). Alfred was either serving in the regular army or was with the Territorials as on the night of the same census (31 March 1901) he was in Normanton Barracks, serving as a private with the 4th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters. By 1911 Betsy Silvers was working as a lace finisher and living at 8 Luther Avenue, Martin Street, St Ann's Well Road. Only five of her children were in the house on the night of the census; Alfred (27) labourer, Annie (17) box maker, Hannah (15) pattern girl and Florence (14) errand girl. Betsy also had a lodger, a widower, George Green (55), who was a labourer. Alfred married Emma Jackson in 1913 (registered Apr/May/Jun Nottingham); they lived at 79 Pym Street, Gordon Road, St Ann's. He was the father of James Silvers. His mother, Betsy, died in 1922 age 66.
In 1911 he was a labourer.
10 May 1917
1652973 - CWGC Website
1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
He was in theatre from 2 November 1914. Alfred was reported missing on 10 May 1917 but his death was not confirmed until the following year. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He qualified for the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Arras Memorial Bay 2 & 3 Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 4 March 1918: ‘Silvers. In loving memory of our dearh brother-in-law, Corporal Alfred Silvers, reported missing May 10th, 1917, now reported killed on that date. Greatly missed by us all. Mother, brothers and sister-in-law.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 15 March 1918: ‘Silvers. In loving memory of my dear son and brother, Alfred James Silvers, aged 34, who was killed in action May 10th, 1917. Christ will link thebroken chain closer when we meet again. From loving mother, sisters, brothers, and George.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 10 May 1919: ‘Silvers. In loving memory of my dear husband, Corpl. Alfred Silvers, 1st Northumberland Fusiliers, killed at Arras May 10th, 1917. We mourn him in silence. Wife and Alfy, also Mrs Jackson and family.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 10 May 1919: ‘Silvers. In loving memory of Alfred Silvers, killed in action May 10th, 1917. To-day recalls and memories. From mother and sister Annie.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His widow, Emma, was his legatee. Emma Silvers his wife appeared in court on 1st March 1917 and admitted the theft of some cigarettes, which she said were to be sent to her husband, Cpl. Alfred Silvers. He was killed the following May. Following is an article from the Nottingham Evening Post dated 1st March 1917 : - “FOR HER SOLDIER HUSBAND. “NOTTINGHAM WOMAN'S THEFT OF CIGARETTES. “Admitting the theft of cigarettes, value 8s. 8d., the property of Arthur P. Lowe, of the Fox Hound Inn, Emma Silvers, 23, of Pym-street, described as a barmaid, was at the Nottingham Guildhall to-day [1st March 1917] put on probation for twelve months. “When interviewed by the police she said she took the cigarettes, which she had intended to send to her husband who was at the front. It was her first offence, and she expressed great regret.” Above article courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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