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Alfred Henry Davey, C.I.V. - accidentally killed at Brentwood, 9.11.1901 5 days 12 hours ago #67087

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PATRIOTIC VOLUNTEERS AT BRENTWOOD.

PRESENTATION OF SOUVENIR WATCHES BY THE EARL OF WARWICK.
A large and enthusiastic audience assembled in the Drill Hall, Brentwood, on Wednesday evening to witness the presentation of souvenir watches to 20 Volunteers belonging to Brentwood and neighbourhood, who have recently returned from active service in South Africa. The watches were silver keyless ones, and they were each inscribed: "Presented to (rank and name of recipient) at Brentwood, August 14th, 1901, for service in South Africa." They were supplied by Messrs. E. W. Saunders, C. Lemon, and T. Elkington, watchmakers, of Brentwood. The cost was defrayed by public subscription, the presentation having been organised by a committee of townsmen...…….
……….The Earl of Warwick then presented the watches, the recipients being warmly applauded. Those to whom watches were given were: -
71st Company Imperial Yeomanry: Trooper J. Goodchild. - Special Volunteer Service Company, Essex Regiment: Pts. G. Alderton, W. Radley, A. Elsey, B. Elsey, F. R. Sewell, T. Brooks, E. Hagon, C. Hull, G. Upson, Corpl. P. W. Smith, Sergt. J. E. B. Hill, and Lieut. C. H. R. Taylor. - City Imperial Volunteers: Pts. H. Lazell, A. H. Davey, C. Cooper, G. H. Lapwood, C. Wood, H. Harvey, and H. Joslin.

Essex Newsman, Saturday 17th August 1901
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BRENTWOOD C.I.V. KILLED.
Alfred Henry Davey, 25, a fog signalman, whose home was in South-street, Brentwood, while on duty near the Abbey Gates, near Stratford Market, on Thursday evening, was knocked down by a train and fatally injured. Deceased was stepping out of the way of one train, when he got in front of another going in an opposite direction. He was taken to the West Ham Hospital, where he died during the night. At the inquest on Monday evening a verdict of "Accidental death" was returned.

The deceased was a single man, and was the chief support of his mother. He was a member of the F (Brentwood) Co., 1st Vol. Batt. Essex Regiment, and was one of the bugle band. He served in South Africa as one of the City Imperial Volunteers.
IMPRESSIVE MILITARY FUNERAL.
The funeral took place in Brentwood cemetery on Wednesday, with military honours. The sad procession started from the deceased's home in South-street. A firing party consisting of Colour-sergeant H. Wallis, Corporal M. Dennis, and 12 privates, walked in front, with arms reversed. Then came the full band of the 1st V.B.E.R., with draped drums, under Bandmaster A. Byford, and the bugle band of the F (Brentwood) Company, under Sergeant-drummer F. Rippon. The coffin was borne on a hand bier, by the side of which walked some of deceased's C.I.V. comrades and several of his fellow workers on the railway, who acted as bearers. Other Volunteers and railway men carried the floral tributes. The coffin was covered by the Union Jack, and deceased's helmet and belt were placed upon it. The family mourners rode in two carriages, and a large body of Volunteers and railway men marched at the rear of the procession. The Volunteers were commanded by Captain A. H. Franklin. Sergeant-major E. Knight and Sergeant W. Newman were also in attendance. Mr. Edward King, station-master at Brentwood, represented the railway company. The band played Beethoven's "Funeral March" and an impressive march by Chopin on the way to the cemetery. The service was conducted by the Rev. Walter Legerton, Congregational minister. The coffin was borne to the grave by deceased's comrades, and was lowered by Volunteers wearing South African medals. At the end of the service the firing party was discharged three volleys over the grave, a few bars of the "Dead March" in Saul being played by the band between each volley. After the firing the buglers sounded "The last post." One of the floral tributes was inscribed: - "In remembrance of a dear comrade, Private A. H. Davey, from his old chums of the C.I.V. who served with him in South Africa. C. E. Cooper, H. Harvey, C. Wood, H. Lazell, H. Joslin, Brentwood; G. H. Lapwood, P. C. Hitch, W. Powter, Romford." The other floral offerings were sent by the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the F Co., the drums of the 1st V.B.E.R., Mrs. and Mrs. Fox and friends, Miss Westacott, the Essex Arms and friends, Mr. and Mrs. Rainbird and family, Mr. and Mrs. A. Rainbird, Arthur Wainwright, "His sorrowing mother, brother, and sister," and others.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. E. Edwards, of Warley-road.

Essex County Chronicle, Friday 15th November 1901
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