Alfred Herbert G. Dibben

Date of birth: October 1891
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 22595
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Died: 23rd October 1916 aged 25 years
Death location: The Somme, France


Life before the War
Alfred was the third of 5 siblings born to Herbert and Caroline, nee Carpenter.  Both Herbert and Caroline were born in 1863 in Southampton. They married in the city in 1883.

Herbert was a Bricklayer, a career his son Alfred intended to pursue and he gave his employment as an Assistant Bricklayer at the 1911 census.

At the 1901 census, the family lived at Harcourt Villa, 2 Station Road, Portswood, Southampton.  By 1911 they were at 17 Macnaghten Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton.

Herbert died in 1946 with Caroline passing away in 1955 aged 92 years.

Alfred’s 4 siblings were:

Ellen Louisa b.1883 Southampton and d.1966 Winchester.  Married George B Kinchington in Southampton in 1909. 

Caroline b.1886 Southampton and d.1961 New Forest.   Married William Francis Geapin in Southampton in 1910.

Sidney Harold b. 17.2.1894 Southampton and d.1911 Southampton.

Dorothy May b. 1899 Southampton, date of death not known.  Married John Wallace Robinson in Southampton in 1924.

War Service
The 1st Battalion Hampshires landed in France during August 1914 as part of 11th Brigade of the 4th Division.

Alfred almost certainly perished during the major battles for Thiepval, part of the Battle of the Somme.  These battles took place between 1st July and the end of September 1916.  The Battle of the Somme finally ended on 18 November 1916 with the onset of winter.

The whole regiment lost 7,580 men, many of whom are commemorated on the various monuments around Northern France.  Albert is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 7B / 7C.  The Thiepval Monument holds the names of over 72,000 men who have no known grave.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published.: 17th October 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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