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REMEMBRANCE DAY 2021

Remembering William David Alderman of Glory Mill Lane

It is customary for us to remember at this time one of those killed in action in the two world wars of the last century.  This year we remember WD Alderman.

William David Alderman was born on 6 October 1893 at Wooburn Moor where his parents lived in a cottage belonging to Glory Mill.  He attended Wooburn Infants School and went on from there to the Church School which he left at the age of 14 in 1907.  He attended St. Paul’s Church and served as a member of the Church Lads’ Brigade.

 His father, Daniel Alderman (1860-1932), worked in the Yard at Glory Mill for many years.  He then became the gardener at ‘Millholm’, the new manager’s house built above the London Road (A40) in 1921 when the old house was demolished for the Glory Mill extension.  Rather grumpy, he took a dim view when ‘Millholm’ was occupied by Mr Cox who was “only” the Works Manager.  Daniel and his wife Lucy (1861-1937) had at least one other child, Florrie Jane, who was baptised at St. Paul’s in 1897 and married Reginald Hawkins of Burnham in 1933 when she was 36.

William Alderman’s initials are given as ‘W’ on the War Memorial and ‘W Alderman’ duly appears on the list of former CLB members at the War published by the BFP in June 1915.  His initials are given as WD on the Church Memorial tablet which also says his regiment was the Royal Fusiliers.  No such name appears on the casualty list for this regiment, however.

 When the list for the memorial Book was compiled in 1959 he was thought to be 204770 Pte WD Alderman 18/Gloucesters, formerly No 3328 pf the OxBLI, killed 11 September 1918 age 24, buried at Brown’s Road Cemetery, Festubert and this date of death was given in the Memorial Book.  He does seem a likely candidate; in fact he is the only possible candidate to be found in CWGC records.  He enlisted at Aylesbury and lived at Winslow which could be an error for Wooburn.  But he was married and the CWGC register says his parents were “Mr and Mrs W Alderman of Swanborough Bucks (nr Winslow)” and his wife lived in Brackley, Northants.

There is no evidence that the Wooburn casualty was ever married and his parents, Mr and Mrs Daniel Alderman, quite definitely lived and died in Wooburn.  The conclusion must be that this is not the Wooburn man, and that William Alderman of Wooburn Moor was never registered as a casualty.

The compiler of the original Church Memorial list probably knew something that is not evident today.  The likelihood is that Alderman was discharged ill or wounded from the Royal Fusiliers and died later as a result.

Alderman is remembered on St. Paul’s Church Memorial tablet, on Wooburn War Memorial and in the Memorial Book.  Daniel and Lucy Alderman are buried in Wooburn Cemetery.

All information taken from and copyright © ‘The Men of Wooburn War Memorial – their stories’ by Barrie Thorpe, 1993.



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