Ernest Allfrey

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Born: Died: Married: Violet Richardson Mother: Mary Wells Father: Ernest Allfrey Descendant: Beryl Allfrey
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921

Ernest Frank Allfrey (Junior) was born on the 31st January 1894 in East Sussex, and died in 1971.

His parents were Ernest Frank Allfrey and Mary Minnie Wells.

His father died when he was seven, and in 1901 he is living with his newly widowed mother at 29 Sussex Street, Brighton along with his 1 year old brother Cecil.

His mother later married Ernest Edward "Teddy" Bradford. By 1911 he was still living with them in 17 Trinity Street in Brighton. He was 17, and listed as working as a cost keeping clerk for a general manufacturer.


Ernest was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery, on the 30th April 1917 he was promoted from Cadet to 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery.

  • Allfrey, Ernest Frank (Hon. 2nd Lt. late R. Art., Terr. Force)
  • Born: 31 Jan 1894
  • Rank when last serving: 2nd Lt.
  • Regiment from which retired: R.Art.,Terr.Force
  • Retired: 6 Feb 1918


He married Violet Emily Ada Richardson on the 13th January 1917 at St John's Church in Brighton. At the time he was living at 17 Trinity Street, Brighton, and was listed as being a soldier. The witnesses were her father, Frank Engleheart Richardson, and a Dorothy Wieland Stevens. His father, Ernest Frank Allfrey was listed as deceased (having died at the age of 27, when Ernest jnr. was only 7).

Marriage Certificate for Ernest and Violet

In 1918 he was registered to vote at 17 Trinity Street, Brighton. Registered at the same house was his brother Victor Arthur Allfrey (who had already been killed in the war by this time).

In 1920 he was still registered to vote at 17 Trinity Street, Brighton,but now registered at the same house were Minnie Bradford (his mother), Ernest Edward Bradford (his step-father), and Cecil Nash Allfrey.


They had two children Beryl Violet Nash and Frank Victor (Tim).

In 1939 They were living at 21, Mile Oak Gardens, Portslade-by-Sea U.D., Sussex, England.

  • Frank E. Richardson, born 18 March 1896, Body Builder (Motor)
  • Violet G. Richardson, born 21st February 1896, Unpaid Domestic Duties.
  • Ernest F. Allfrey, born 31 January 1894, Milk Recorder at present assistant to local fuel o server
  • Beryl V.N. Carrington (overwrites Allfrey), born 25th August 1918, Shop Assistant/wool.
  • closed entry (born after 1914)



To the left is Ernest dressed up in his uniform (on the same chair that his wife was photographed on), and below later on in his life with some of his (allegedly up to 7!) Scottish terriers (note the matching wallpaper and sofa). Source JPA.

Other Records

National Archives: Reference: WO 374/1213 Description: 2/Lieutenant Ernest Frank ALLFREY. Royal Field Artillery. Date: 1914-1918; 1971 Held by: The National Archives, Kew

Medal card;

Supplement to the London Gazette, 5th May, 1917.

Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery

The undermentioned Cadets to be 2nd Lts, 30th Apr. 1917:

 Ernest Frank Allfrey