Commonwealth War Graves - Alfred Charles Jessett

Author: Doug Larsen
Date published: 08/11/2011
© Doug Larsen

Commonwealth War Graves

Name:

Jessett, Alfred Charles

Place and Date of Birth:

~1881

Place of Residence:

12 Salcombe Road, Newbury

Family:

Son of Thomas and S. Jessett, husband of Elsie May Jessett

Military Record

 

Rank:

Corporal

Service Number:

49073

Regiment/Service:

Royal Air Force

Date of Death:

December 27th, 1940

Age at Death:

59

Additional Information:

Mr. Jessett was a well-known local entertainer/ventriloquist who was much in demand at parties and especially popular with children with his doll “Joe”.

He served as a flight mechanic in the R.A.F. in the Great War and, being on reserve, was called up for duty in World War 2.

He took his own life, when home on sick leave, believing that he would be shot on

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returning to his unit when, in fact, he was due for a promotion. 

He was found at home by his wife who had gone out early that morning and returned to find he had locked himself in the bathroom. After forcing the door with the help of a passing coalman she saw that her husband was dead with a piece of cord around his neck.  

An inquest concluded that he had strangled himself when the balance of his mind was disturbed.

Sources:Personal research, CWG

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