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Norman Alexander

Born:
27 Tammuz 5659 (05 July 1899)
Died:
14 Shevat 5741 (19 January 1981)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
ALE2110
Other first name:
Nathaniel / Nathan
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
27 Tammuz 5659 (05 July 1899)
Place of birth:
38 Poland Street, Soho, London

Death

Date of death:
14 Shevat 5741 (19 January 1981)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
53 Stanhope Gardens (his home)
Cause of death:
Old-age

Places

Addresses

Parents' home:
21 East Avenue Manor Park, East Ham (1911)
His home on the outbreak of the war :
191 Browning Road Manor Park, Essex
His birth place:
38 Poland Street Soho, London (1899)
His home :
53 Stanhope Gardens London (1938)

Other Organisations

Name:
Irish Chartered Accountants Institute
Significance:
Member
Name:
Theatre Royal, Windsor
Significance:
Helped found
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Conversation with family members

Conversation
He records being made an acting L/Corporal and, I think then , acting Corporal. He does record on 15/09/1919 ".Walk up the Strand to the Club - subscribe my name to the list of Artists Rifles Special Constabulary. PC Alexander ! a new role of absurdity." Given his left leaning politics I'm very surprised at this. He did tell me that at the end of WW1 he was offered a place in the AEF to Murmansk or to become a Black & Tan in Ulster. Very sensibly he decided to upgrade himself from a bookkeeper/auditor to become a Chartered Accountant.

Fluent in German

Family legend
My father spoke fluent German - well enough to translate plays and live there during the Depression. We have always wondered if that skill was prompted by speaking Yiddish as a child or living somewhere like Galicia where I believe German was spoken

Court Marshalled!

Conversation
He did tell me that he was court martialed for allowing his rifle to rust whilst in hospital !

Family ending up in England

Family legend
Harris Alexander ended up in England by accident. Harris thought he was getting on a ship for America, but because of his lack of English at the time he did not understand that the ship he was boarding was going to London
instead

Interest in Theatre

Family legend
He was elected a member of the Savage Club because of his theatre works. He helped found the Theatre Royal, Windsor

"The Troubles" and passing his exams

Conversation
He was articled to a member of the Irish Chartered Accountants Institute. He once told me that there was a problem about where he sat his finals because of The Troubles.

Family

Children

Stephen Alexander (male)
Caroline Hoare (female)

Siblings

Bessie Alexander (female)
Lewis Alexander (male)
Janet Alexander (female)

Parents

Father: Harris Alexander (male)
Mother: Kate Block "Katie" (female)

Military Record

Military service:
Army
Military record no.:
767293
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1917
Date discharged/death:
17 March 1919
Rank at discharge/death:
L/Corporal, Pte Acting Corporal
Assignments
Regiment:
Artists' Rifles
Battalion/unit:
28th (County of London) Battalion
Medals:
War Badge: Number B320750

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Chartered Accountant
Organisation:
Norman Alexander & Co.

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