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Albert, known as 'Alf', was the son of William and Rebecca Dixey nee Dakin. His father William was born in Nottingham in about 1849 while his mother was born 'at sea off the Cape of Good Hope' in about 1851. They were married in 1867 (J/A/S Nottingham) and had eight children of whom three died in childhood. Eight children were named on the census between 1881 and 1911: Sarah Ann b. abt 1868 Nottingham, John Alfred (Jack) b. 1869 (O/N/D Radford), William b. abt 1872 probably died before 1891, Mary (Polly) b. abt 1876, Albert b. 1878 (J/A/S Nottingham) probably died before 1891, Frederick b. 1880 (O/N/D Nottingham) died 1882 (J/F/M Nottingham), Harriet birth registered 1883 J/F/M Nottingham and Albert (Alf) b. 1885 (J/A/S Nottingham). William and Rebecca have not yet been traced on the 1871 Census, but in 1881 they were living at 84 Victoria Buildings, Sneinton, Nottingham. William was a printer and later census records describe him as a letter press printer and also a compositor. The first six of their eight children were alive in 1881: Sarah (13), John (11), William (9), Mary (5), Albert (2) and Frederick (6 months). The two youngest siblings, Harriet and Albert (Alf), were born in 1883 and 1885 respectively while both Albert and Frederick had died before the next census in 1891. The eldest son, John Alfred, married Annie Sisson in 1889 (J/A/S Nottingham). By 1891 William and Rebecca were living at 11 Owen Street, Sneinton, with four of their five surviving children; Sarah (23) and Mary (15), both of whom were working as lace hands, and Harriet (7) and Albert [Alf] (2). The two oldest girls, Sarah Ann and Mary, were to marry in the next few years; Mary to Thomas William Kent in 1894 (O/N/D Nottingham) and Sarah Ann to James Bolton in 1896 (J/A/S Nottingham). William and Rebecca had moved to 5 Owen Street, Sneinton, by 1901; only Harriet (18) a box maker, and Albert (12) were still living at home. Harriet married James Allen Hewitt in 1904 (A/M/J Nottingham), and so by 1911 only Albert (22), a hairdresser on his own account working from home, was living with his parents William (62) and Rebecca (60). The family home was now at 176 Gordon Road, Nottingham. Albert married Alice Hopkinson in 1913 (J/F/M Nottingham) and at the time of his death they were living at 162 St Ann’s Well Road, Nottingham. Albert's father, William, died in 1919 (March Nottingham) aged 70 and his mother, Rebecca, in 1923 (March Nottingham) age 73.
In 1911 he was a self-employed hairdresser.
28 Aug 1917
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He enlisted in Nottingham
Private
1/6th Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
He was killed in action during a trench raid on the German positions on 28th August 1917 and is buried in the Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Grave Reference: I V 12. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His widow, Alice, was his sole legatee. Albert (Alf) Dixey, South Staffords, aged 29, beloved husband of Alice Dixey, 162, St Ann’s Well-road. A noble life laid down. His sorrowing wife.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottinghamshire Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 18 September 1917: ‘Dixey. Killed in action, August 28th, Private Albert Dixey, South Staffords, beloved son of William and Rebecca Dixey. Mother, dad, sister Sarah Ann, Mrs Bolton.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottinghamshire Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 18 September 1917: ‘Dixey. Killed in action, August 28th, Private Albert Dixey, South Staffords. Too dearly loved to be forgotten. From brother Jack and sister Polly (Mrs Kent) , and sister Harriet and Jim Hewitt (Sheffield).’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottinghamshire Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 18 September 1917: ‘Dixey. Killed in action, August 28th, Private Alf Dixey, beloved son-in-law of Mr and Mrs Hopkinson, aged 29. A great sacrifice. His sorrowing mother, father, sisters Ethel, Floss, brothers Albert, Baden, and Arthur (in France).’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottinghamshire Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 18 September 1917: ‘Dixey. Killed in action, August 28th, 1917, Private A Dixey. Fondly remembered. From nieces Annie, Ethel.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) “DIXEY. – In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Albert (Alf) Dixey, South Staffords. killed in action August 28th, 1917. My thoughts go out in sorrow to one I loved most dear. – From his sorrowing wife. “DIXEY. – In loving memory of our dear son and brother Albert (Alf), killed in action August 28th, 1917. Sadly missed. – Dad, mother, Sarah Ann, Polly and Tom, Jack and Annie. “DIXEY. – In loving memory of our dear brother “Alf,” killed in action August 28th, 1917. Ever in our thoughts. – From Harriet and Jim Hewitt (Sheffield). “DIXEY. – In loving memory of our dear son and brother-in-law, “Alf” Dixey, killed in action August 28th, 1917. Fondly remembered. – Mr. and Mrs. Hopkinson, and Baden (with the colours). “DIXEY. – In loving memory of our dear brother-in-law, Pte. “Alf” Dixey, killed in action August 28th, 1917. One year of silent sorrow. – Arthur and Floss. “DIXEY. – In loving memory of our dear brother-in-law, Pte. “Alf” Dixey, killed in action August 28th, 1917. Never will his memory fade. “DIXEY. – Killed in action August 28th, 1917, Pte. Albert (Alf) Dixey, S. Staffs. Deeply mourned. – Brother Jack.” [1] [1] 'Nottingham Evening Post,' 28th August 1918. Above notices courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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