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ALFRED LAWRENCE TODD 1880–1934

Lawrie Todd
Photograph courtesy of the family

Born 9th October 1880 in Thorney, Cambridgeshire

Baptised 7th November 1880, Thorney; mother Ruth Elizabeth, father Arthur, farmer. Residence Whittlesey St Andrew

Married 7th October 1908 to Betsy Binge in Laneham, East Retford, Nottinghamshire. Betsy was a nurse.

Daughter Barbara Mary born 26th May 1910 in Radcliffe on Trent

Died 4th February 1934

1881 Census

Age 5 months, living at Austen Dyke, Spalding with his mother Ruth Todd 33, farmer’s wife and his brother Henry 4. They lived in the home of Ruth’s brother William Perkins 47, farmer of 209 acres, his wife Sarah 49, and their children Mary 11, and John 9. Also living there were Louisa Woolley 21, William’s cousin, and three servants: John Brown, John Jinks and Millicent Templeman. William employed eight men and three boys on the farm.

1891 Census

Ruth, Alfred 10, and brother Edmund 14, were living with William Perkins and family at Austen Dyke, Spalding.

1901 Census

Alfred was a journeyman baker (bread worker) living in the home of his employer Joseph Askew, baker and confectioner in Yaxley, Huntingdon.

His mother Ruth was living on her own means in Moulton, Spalding, with her brother-in-law Alfred Pick, postmaster and grocer.

Alfred’s mother died of diphtheria on 16th June 1902 and his father Arthur died later in the same year (source: ancestry family tree)

1911 Census

Age 30, now an attendant at Notts County Asylum, Alfred was living on Cropwell Road, Radcliffe on Trent with his wife Betsy 30, born in Rampton, Notts and daughter Barbara Mary age 10 months.

1914 Electoral Roll

Living on Cropwell Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

Military Service

Rank: Acting Corporal

Military Unit: Royal Army Medical Corps

Service Number: 155908

Attestation: 10.12.15

States that he has previously served in the 4th Hants Volunteer Battalion (based in Winchester)

Address 6 Asylum Cottages, Radcliffe on Trent; age 35 years 1 month; occupation attendant; next of kin Betsy Todd. Daughter Barbara Mary Todd born 26th May 1910 in Radcliffe on Trent.

10.12.15: To Army Reserve

11.12.15 to 6.8.18: Army Reserve; 7.8.18 to 17.8.19 Home. Service 3 years 51 days

23.3.18: Medical examination in Nottingham: age 34 years (37 according to the birth register) 164 days; occupation asylum attendant; height 5ft 5⅛ inches; weight 161 lbs; hair black; eyes brown; chest 40 inches; range of expansion 2½ inches; physical development good; category B1

7.8.18: Mobilised Nottingham

9.8.18: Posted RAMC Derby

10.8.18: Private, RAMC 3rd Training Battalion

21.8.18: Appointed Acting Corporal with pay, 8 Company

23.8.18: Returned to Reception Depot, Derby

21.7.19: 8 Company, Demobilised; papers stamped Notts County War Hospital

Between 1901 and 1911 Alfred took employment at Notts. County Asylum (Saxondale). He was working there at the date of his attestation in December 1915 and possibly at the date of his medical examination in March 1918 while in the Army Reserve.

In July 1918 the Asylum became Notts County War Hospital. As the war progressed there was a growing acknowledgement that specialised provision was needed for servicemen suffering from mental or nervous breakdown. Accordingly, a number of asylums were converted into War mental hospitals, Notts County Asylum being one of them. 540 beds were provided for military patients. The War Hospital closed in August 1919 and was re-converted to an asylum for civilian patients.

There is a gap of eleven months in Alfred’s service records between his return to the Reception Depot at Derby on 23.8.18 and his demobilisation on 27.7.19, the record of which is stamped Notts County War Hospital, as is his conduct record. It is possible that Alfred’s RAMC service took place there during this period as it is known that RAMC orderlies served at the War Hospital.

Medals Awarded: ineligible for campaign medals as he did not enter a theatre of war

Other information

Middle name is recorded as Laurence on the birth register, Lawrence in later records

1930 Electoral Register

County Mental Hospital, Radcliffe on Trent with wife Betsy

1939 Register

Betsy, unpaid domestic pensioner living at 29 Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent

Other Information

Betsy’s sister Mary married William Fielding Johnson.

At the time of Alfred’s death he was living at Lower Lodge, Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent. Betsy died in 1966 in Nottingham district.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived and worked in Radcliffe on Trent before, during and after the War