Alfred Edward Avery

Alfred Edward Avery was born 1896 in Stockton, Co. Durham. His parents were John Thomas and Dorothy Avery. His father was a fish merchant. In the 1911 census the family were living in Brunswick Street, Darlington. Alfred had 2 brothers and a widowed elder sister.

Alfred enlisted September 3, 1914. He first served in the 13th R R of Cavalry , no. 20566, then the 2nd R R of Cavalry, no. 20099 and finally in the 5th Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) as Private 47143.

Alfred received his Protection Certificate of Identity January 26, 1919, at which time his address for pay was 3, Melville Street, Darlington. On his Certificate of Employment During The War it states that Alfred had been a bricklayer before enlisting. He is described as a good hardworking man, conscientious and reliable and who has done very good work with his unit throughout. He was very good with horses. His military qualification was 1st Class M. Gunner (V).

September 3, 1919 Alfred was 22 and married Mary Richardson, age 24. Alfred lived at 36, Trafalgar Terrace, Darlington, and Mary lived at Railway View, Aycliffe. Her father, Frederick Richardson, was a railway platelayer. Alfred was again working as a bricklayer journeyman.

During WW1 Alfred was gassed and it affected him afterwards, probably contributing to his death from pneumonia March 17, 1929.

Alfred Edward Avery is the grandfather of Dennis Avery of Aycliffe.


Alfed Edward Avery WW1 Certificate of Demoblization
Certificate of Employment Certificate of Employment