Alfred Dunbobin

Alfred Dunbobbin was born in 1898 in Prescot, the son of Alfred Dunbobbin (born Warrington) and Elizabeth Jane (nee Austin) who was born in Buckinghamshire.

In 1901 2-year old Alfred was living with his grandparents, John and Elizabeth Austin, in Winwick-with-Hulme, north of Warrington, where his grandfather was a farmer. His parents were living in Warrington with his younger sister, Edna, who had been born a year earlier.

Ten years later, Alfred was living with his grandfather in Cliff Lane in Thelwall. John Austin was employed as a gamekeeper. Alfred’s father and his other two children were boarding in another part of Warrington.

Alfred enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and was an Able Seaman, with the service number Mersey Z2411. It is not clear how he served in the Great War. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal and was recorded as an absent voter in Hatton in 1918 and 1919, so he must have had family living there at that time.

His mother died in 1919 at the age of 40 years; his father passed away in 1960 in Warrington.

On 25th March 1922, at St. Thomas C of E church in Stockton Heath, Alfred married Emily Rustage who was from that village and they went to live with her parents. He would live in the same house in Dundonald Avenue all his married life. They had one child, Eva, who was born within a year of them marrying.
At the outbreak of the Second World War, Alfred was employed as a copper wire drawer.

Alfred Dunbobbin died in Warrington General on 5th May 1956, twenty years before Emily. He was 57 years of age.