Alfred John LEVEY (1885-1918)

Life story written by Paul Beecroft

Alfred John LEVEY

PO/1814(S) Private R.M.L.I.

Royal Naval Division

21st October 1918 Age 33

Affectionate husband and a loving father peace perfect peace

Alfred John LEVEY (often spelt Levy) was born in Caversham on 19th October 1885. He was the eldest son of Alfred, a Biscuit Factory Worker and Elizabeth. In total they had eight children and lived in Orts Road, Reading. By the time Alfred was 15 he had left school and was an Apprentice Plasterer.

On 30th March 1912, Alfred married Agnes JACOBS at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Reading. They had three children Alfred Allan (born 21st March 1913), Albert Edward (born 4th April 1915) and Agnes Louisa Joan (born 11th October 1918). All three children were born in Reading. They resided at 18, Belle Vue Road in Reading.

On 8th December 1915, Alfred enlisted in the Royal Marines and was attached to the Portsmouth Division of the Royal Marine Light Infantry. He was most likely involved in hostilities in both France and Belgium.

In October 1918 he became ill and was admitted to Connaught Military Hospital in Farnborough and passed away on 21st October aged 33 from pneumonia. Ironically he died just ten days after his daughter Agnes was born and six weeks before he died, his brother Leonard William was killed in action in France.

A.J. Levey’s story is also included in the ‘War Graves in the Old Reading Cemetery’ website that lists WW1 war graves at Reading Old.

Division 34, Row I, Plot 17