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Lieutenant Arthur Reginald Alvin, York & Lancaster Regiment.
Driver Sydney Louis Alvin, Royal Field Artillery.
Private Charles S. Alvin.

London Gazette Entries for A. Reginald Alvin

 

War Office,

21st March, 1918.

SPECIAL RESERVE OF OFFICERS.

The undermentioned, from Officer Cadet Units, to be 2nd Lts. 27th Feb. 1918, unless otherwise stated: —

INFANTRY.

York & Lanc. R.

Arthur Reginald Alvin.

 

SPECIAL RESERVE OF OFFICERS.

RESERVE UNITS.

INFANTRY.

The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be

Lts. —

3rd York & Lanc. R.—

27th Aug. 1919.

A.R. Alvin.

 

Reginald Alvin had previously served as 47886, Private, Royal Army Medical Corps. He was born in Headingley in Leeds on 30 June 1896.

Arthur Reginald Alvin was the oldest of four sons to Louis and Alice Louise Alvin (nee Eyre). There was Arthur Reginald (known as Reginald or Reg) born on 30 June 1896. He was followed by Sydney Louis, born in 1898, then Charles Stanley Alvin and then there was Harold Denis B Alvin who was named only as “Infant” on the 1901 census and given his age as 1 month. This information correlates with the entry for Harold in the births register for the 2nd quarter of 1901. Louis and Alice married in the 2nd quarter of 1896 and the marriage has the reference Leeds 9b 926 in the register.  He was educated at Cockburn High School, followed by Henderson’s Business Training Institute, following which he entered his father’s timber business as a clerk.

Reginald Alvin enlisted for the duration of the war on 12th January 1915 at the age of 19 years and 7 months. His medical examination established that he stood 5’3” tall and weighed in at 101 lbs – a very slight 7 stone, 3 lbs. In addition it was noted that he had lost the end of the big toe of the left foot, but the cause remains a mystery. During Reginald Alvin’s service in the ranks he was posted to 6th Stationary Hospital which was based at Le Havre between December 1914 and May 1916 when it moved to Fillievres in Jun 1916, staying there until August 1918. It was from Fillievres that Reginald Alvin departed to join no. 20 Officer Cadet Battalion.

When Reginald Alvin applied for a commission, his first choice was the West Yorkshire Regiment, however as we have already seen he was commissioned into the York and Lancaster Regiment, a regiment whose recruiting heartland was based in South Yorkshire. The tragically famous battalions of the Barnsley Pals and the Sheffield City Battalion belonged to the York and Lancaster Regiment. At the time of his disembodiment from the Army he was serving attached to the 9th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment which was a service battalion of “Kitchener’s Army” raised in Preston from September 1914.

At some stage during the war, his family moved house, from “Rose Villa”, which stood at the top end of Main Street, close to the site of the War Memorial,  to Scholes Hall, which stood in its own grounds on Main Street between Badger Terrace and The Barleycorn Inn on the opposite side of the road to the church. The Hall occupied the lower portion of the land where the sheltered housing complex is on Belle Vue Road. The row of houses closest to Main Street is roughly where the front of the Hall stood.

After he returned from the war he married Agnes W Hirst in 1923 and they lived in The Avenue, Scholes, until 1928 when they moved to Laneside, Barwick in Elmet. By 1939 they were living at 14 West Park Drive, Roundhay. The 1951 Leeds Telephone Directory shows that Reg and Agnes had moved to Oak Lodge on Street Lane. They had a son, John Peter R Alvin on 27th April 1926 (Q2 Tadcaster 9c 1738). John Alvin died in November 1998.

Reginald Alvin died at his home on Park Lane, Roundhay, Leeds, from Bronchial Cancer on 22 March 1975.

Like his father before him Reginald Alvin had made his living as a timber merchant in the family company called Alvin, Morris & Co. which was based in Black Bull Street, Leeds.

Charles Alvin was the brother of Reg and Sidney. He was called up for the Army and joined on 31st May 1918 at York. He was aged 18 years and 11 months. Until his call up he had worked as a horseman on a farm. His service number was 76688. His medical examination showed up no problems and tells us that he stood 5ft 51/4in tall.

Charles Alvin did not serve overseas before the cessation of hostilities and therefore he was not awarded any medals for his service.

He moved away from Scholes to live at Spring Wood, Breary Lane, Bramhope. Charles Alvin died aged 59 years in early 1959. His address at the time was 17 Wensley Road, Harrogate.

 

2380 Driver Sidney Alvin served in the Royal Field Artillery. He was the son of Louis Alvin, Timber Merchant and was born on 23rd September 1897. He married Annie Braham at All Saints’ Church, Barwick in Elmet on 1st January 1924. Annie Braham was the niece of Pte John Braham who was killed in the Great War. They lived in Lynn Field, Scholes, moving there from 1 Station Road, Scholes.. The land on which Lynn Field Gardens now stands was sold to the builder by a Mr Braham. There is a Braham family connection to King’s Lynn in Norfolk in that Annie Braham’s mother was born there and it is thought that Lynn Field was named for her. Sidney Alvin died in Scarborough in January 1986, probably in hospital as his home address was 27 The Crescent, Filey.

Remembering the Fallen of Two Villages on the Eastern Fringes of Leeds.

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