Able Seaman Alfred Mould

Service Royal Navy Service No. 4291.A (Dev)
Rank Able Seaman
Ship:HMS Vivid
Date of Birth: 1893
Born Burton-on-Trent
Date of Death: 17/10/14
Memorial: Not Listed Memorial Inscription

Service History

Alfred was the son of Daniel and Rose Mould and was born in Burton-on -Trent. His life appears to have been disrupted by the health of his parents.

In 1901, Rose Mould, wife of a chimney sweep, is a patient at the District County Lunatic Asylum, Burntwood, Staffs, but there is no census entry for her husband, Daniel.

At this time Daniel's older brother, Edward J Mould is married to Ellen and they live at 26 Church Street, Longton, Staffs, with a nephew Alfred Mould, aged 8.

Alfred, has a Royal Naval Reserve record deposited with the National Archives at Kew that shows he signed on as a merchant seaman in April 1912 in Liverpool.

Alfred Mould was an able seaman in the merchant marine, sailing in ships such as the 'Lusitania' and 'Empress of Britain' between Liverpool and North American ports over the next two years. His RNR service number is 4291 A.

He married Margaret Doyle in Birkenhead in Q4, 1912, when he may have been living at 30 Russell Street, Liverpool.

Association with Dawlish

The 'Western Times' of Monday 19th October reported:

On Saturday, Alfred Mould, a Royal Naval Reserve man, an Able Seaman stationed at Devonport, fell out of a Great Western train near Black Bridge, Dawlish. He was picked up and conveyed by P.C.Shapland and a party of railway men to the Dawlish Cottage Hospital, where he was attended by D.Cunliffe. He is in a very critical condition and is not expected to recover.”

The funeral was reported, again by the Western Times, on Friday 23rd October.

The funeral took place yesterday morning. The coffin, covered with the Union Jack, was carried out of the Cottage Hospital and placed in the hearse by a bearer party from the R.A.M.C.

The principal mourners were a brother and sister-in-law of deceased. “

Among the floral tributes was one which bore the following, “With deepest sympathy from the G.W.R. Staff, Dawlish Station.”

Devon Roll of Honour
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Margaret Mould, widow. After his death she remarried in Q3, 1918 to William Broadfield and her address is shown in the RN&RM War Graves Roll as 29 Edgar Street, Birkenhead.
Last Known Address: Birkenhead

Alfred Mould headstone in Dawlish Cemetery

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Grave headstone

National Archives RNR service record

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RN&RM War Graves Roll