Private Albert Alan Dudley


© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Wendy Shuttleworth for the following research. Thank you to Kim Shirley Forth (great grand-daughter of Ada, and grand-daughter of Doris.) for family detail.

Albert Alan Dudley was born in Dorking on 8th August 1888, the son of William Henry and Elizabeth Martha of 24, Vincent Road. By 1891, the family had moved to Westcott, where his father was a gardener. In 1901 the family were back at 24 Vincent Road.

Albert had a daughter with Ada Florence Applin; Doris May Dudley (later Applin).

Albert left Dorking, when he was brought to court for maintenance of his daughter, Doris May, with money owing to her mother Ada. An order was made for 3s 6d per week. He emigrated to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where he lived with his cousins.

Albert worked as a salesman in Canada before enlisting in Victoria into the 102nd Battalion, Canada Infantry Overseas Expeditionary Force, on 3rd January 1916. Initially, Albert was a private with army number 706496.

He embarked from Halifax Canada on 23th June 1916 and arrived in Liverpool on 21st July 1916.  Appointed acting Lance Corporal on 9th October 1916, he reverted to ranks at own request to proceed overseas on 14th February 1917, he transferred to overseas service 16 February 1917 and landed in France 17th February 1917.

Albert was killed in action in the vicinity of Vimy Ridge, and is buried in Canadian Cemetery No.2 Neuville-St Vaast France I C 27.

Albert named his mother, who was still living in Dorking, as his next of kin. In his will, he left his possessions to his mother, and if she was deceased, to his brother and sisters, even though he still had a daughter living in Dorking.


Born Dorking, Surrey
Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Martha Dudley of 24 Vincent Road, Dorking
Father of Doris May Applin
Enlisted Victoria
Regiment 102nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Number 706496
Date of Death 9th April 1917
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Age 28
Cemetery Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Neuville St. Vaast, France
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