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Chaplin 4th Class Alban Bodley Mace ACD


Will O'Brien

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As per CWGC

Name: MACE, The Revd. ALBAN BODLEY

Initials: A B

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Chaplain 4th Class

Regiment: Army Chaplains' Department

Secondary Regiment: Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

Secondary Unit Text: attd. 2nd Bn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

Age: 31

Date of Death: 03/10/1916

Additional information: Son of the Revd. and Mrs. J. C. Mace, late of Hawley, Hants, husband of Evelyn Mace, of 3, St. Mark's Road, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hants.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. H. I.

Cemetery: STRUMA MILITARY CEMETERY

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& the cemetery info

Cemetery: STRUMA MILITARY CEMETERY

Country: Greece

Location Information: Struma Military Cemetery is 65 kilometres north-east of Thessaloniki, in the village of Kalokastron. Access is by a sign-posted track on the north side of the village.

Historical Information: The Struma River flows through Bulgaria southward to the Greek frontier, then south-east into the Aegean Sea. From the Allied base at Salonika, a road ran north-east across the river to Seres, and it was this road that the right wing of the Allied army used for the movements of troops and supplies to the Struma front during the Salonika Campaign. In the autumn of 1916, the 40th Casualty Clearing Station was established not far from the road near the 71 Kilometre stone and the cemetery made for it was originally called Kilo 71 Military Cemetery. The original plot, Plot I, was set too close to a ravine and the graves in it were moved after the Armistice to the present plots VIII and IX. The remainder of the cemetery consists almost entirely of graves brought in from the battlefields, from the churchyards at Homondos, Haznatar and Kalendra, and from small front line cemeteries established by field ambulances or fighting units. The most significant of these were Ormanli, Dolab Wood and Big Tree Well. Struma Military Cemetery contains 947 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 51 of them unidentified. There are also 15 war graves of other nationalities.

No. of Identified Casualties: 911

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Found Alban as a 15 year old on the 1901 census (his name has been spelt Albarn). He was born in Hackney, London & lived in Hawley with his parents & elder sister. His father John was aged 63 & a Church of England Priest. He had in born abroad in Sydney, New South Wales. His mother Mary was 55 years old & from Cheltenham Gloucestershire. His sister Gertrude was five years older than Alban & she was also born overseas like her father. Gertrude had been born in Hobart, Tasmania

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ODGW

Killed in Action

Someone on the LDS appears to link him with Brighouse Yorkshire ?

Alban married Evelyn Goldthorp and their daughter Joyce was born in 1914. Alban's brother Arthur an Egyptologist was a member of the team that discovered Tutenkhamun's tomb. Arthur then became ill showing signs of arsenic poisoning, never fully recovered and died five years after the mysterious death of Lord Carnarvon.

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A B Mace

His name appears on the Memorial panel on the East wall of the Royal Garrison Church of All Saints in Aldershot.

'To the Glory of God and in memory of the Officers of the Royal Army Chaplains' Department who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918. This memorial commemorates the Chaplains of all Churches'

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He had been a curate at the parish church of St James in Brighouse before the war. The church, which was demolished in the 1970's, had a window commemorating Rev. Mace.

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He had been a curate at the parish church of St James in Brighouse before the war. The church, which was demolished in the 1970's, had a window commemorating Rev. Mace.

So that's his link with Brighouse.

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So that's his link with Brighouse.

He is also listed in the Book, privately printed by Rev Richard Ussher 'Sons of the Clergy who died in the Great War' under ARMY CHAPLAINS.

The entry - Mace, Alban Bodley, Salonika, Oct. 3-16.

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