Alfred William Bailey 1877-1940





Alfred William Bailey 1877 - 1940

Alfred William Bailey was born about 1877 in Elham, Kent. He was the eldest child of Alfred William and Annie Bailey. Some mystery surrounds his birth. There are no other family connections to the village of Elham, but it is recorded as his place of birth on the census in 1881 when he was about four years old. His parents married in October 1877, and it is possible that he may have been born before his parents were married. His father was a mariner at that time and may have been away on a long sea trip unaware that Annie was pregnant. No record has been found of his birth being registered.

By 1891 he had moved out of the family home and was living as a lodger at 22 Harbour Street. His occupation was SERC port errand boy. He was 16 years old. His occupations throughout his life were many and varied.

On Christmas Day 1896 he married Elizabeth Mary Ann Hall at Folkestone Parish Church. He was aged 21, a butcher, living at 1 Pavilion Road. Elizabeth was aged 20 (as a minor she needed the permission of her parents to marry) also living at 1 Pavilion Road. Their witnesses were Eliza Jane Hall the bride's mother, and Thomas Pay, possibly the bride's uncle. They are living with Elizabeth's parents, Richard and Eliza Hall.

They remained there when their first two children were born, Ethel Elizabeth in December 1897, and Violet Ellen in June 1899. By the time that the twins Alfred William and Thomas Stephen were born in October 1900, the family had their own house in 17 Bradstone Road. In 1903 they are living at 15 Folly Road, where Ada Kathleen is born, and then move to 51a North Street where Richard Percy is born in October 1905. When their last child Frederick was born in October 1908, they were living in Bates Alley, but they have also been found in the Kelly's Directories of Folkestone livng in Denmark Street and Thanet Gardens.

They may have moved to Thanet Gardens to be near Elizabeth's parents Richard and Eliza Hall who also lived there and were both in their sixties. Alfred started his working life in Folkestone harbour as a port errand boy. He also worked there as a coal heaver, unloading the coals that came from Tyneside to fuel the harbour trains. This was hard and heavy work, and by 1896 he was working as a butcher.

Some time around 1899 Alfred and his brother Percy set themselves up as milk men, running the business from Denmark Street, but by 1908 he is working as a general labourer.

He also operated a rowing boat during the summer months like his father, and father in law.

His wife Elizabeth Mary Ann Hall was born around 1876 in Bermondsey, Surrey, but her father Richard Ovenden Hall was from Folkestone, and her mother Eliza was from Dover. The Hall family were mariners, with connections around the Surrey Docks on the southern bank of the River Thames. Richard and his brothers John and Stephen move from Kent to Bermondsey and back several times during their lives, but all returned to spend their old age in Folkestone.

 Richard Hall and his family returned to Folkestone in 1895 and took up residence in Pavilion Road. Elizabeth had been working as a feather curler and dresser in Bermondsey.

Alfred and Elizabeth's children went to St Peter's School, and all married and lived in the Folkestone area. Alfred died about June 1940, and Elizabeth in 1942.


Last update : 1st May 2007