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Alderson, Alexander George Jermyn (1880-1916)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Details: Alexander George Jermyn Alderson (1880-1916), born 1 June 1880 in the Fulham registration district, youngest son of Dr Frederick Henry Alderson and Eliza Alderson (nee Willett) of Aboukir House, Poole Road, Bournemouth, Dorset.


Attended Epsom College (Forest House), 1892-1899.


Exhibitioner of Jesus College, Oxford; second class honours in the Oxford Mathematics School in 1903; rowed in the college boat and won an 'oar' in the Eights week in 1903.

Took holy orders in the Scottish Episcopal Church and was ordained by the Bishop of Southwark in 1904.


Assistant master at Trinity College, Glenalmond, Perth, Scotland, 1907-1908.


Assistant master at St Winifred's School, Kenley.


Assistant curate at St John's Church, Caterham, Surrey.

Clerk in Holy Orders and assistant master at Bradfield College, 1911.


Assistant master at Sherborne School 1914-1915 (four terms).


WW1, Captain in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry 2/5th Bn. (T), obtained commission in September 1915; Lieutenant, Machine Gun Corps. Killed accidentally at Harrowby Camp, Grantham, Lincolnshire during bombing practice on 19 October 1916. Buried on 23 October 1916 at Branksome Park (All Saints) Churchyard West, 6.6., Poole, Dorset.


Commemorated at:

St Aldhelm's Church, Branksome,%20A...


St John's Church, Caterham, Surrey.


Jesus College, Oxford University


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; memorial plaque in the School chapel


Sherborne School, Head Master's Report to the Governors for 1916 (October 1916):'Last year I had to record the lamented death of Harold May. This year at the very last moment, I have to add that of another member of staff, the Rev. A.G.J. Alderson, who was killed by the accidental explosion of a bomb during instruction. I spoke of his joining the Army in my last report; here I need only say that he is a very great loss to our community, in the Chapel in which his deep sincerity and manly sympathy had made their mark and gave promise of growing influence for good, in the Classroom where his mathematical teaching was most conscientious and thorough, and in his personal relations with his colleagues and with individual boys.'


Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', November 1916: 'The death of the Rev. A.G.J. Alderson is a serious loss to the School. He had only been a master for four terms when he joined the Army in 1915, but his conscientious thoroughness and genuine human sympathy had already made their mark both in School and out. These traits gave to his sermons a decided value. He was naturally shy and at the same time tenacious of his point of view, neither of them characteristics which make for easy popularity: but nobody who could penetrate below the surface could fail to be attracted by his sincerity and warmth of unselfish feeling. Accordingly he had made firm friendships here, both among masters and boys, and his influence, had he returned and lived among us would have spread and deepened with every term. He spent much anxious thought, and without a doubt much prayer, over the question whether his duty as a clergyman was to stay or to go, and, if to go, whether as combatant or chaplain, and his decision to take a combatant commission was made deliberately and from a sense of duty. Sherborne School is the poorer for his death, but the richer for one more example of duty steadily and loyally pursued.'

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