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Alexander ENGLISH - Born 1882 in North Shields

Hi All,

I'm looking for a bit of help with a newly discovered relative.

His name was Alexander English and he was born on the 27th of April 1882 in North Shields, Tyne and Wear.

I know he joined the Royal Navy in 1904 and that he was invalided out in 1914. On his return he ended up in Morpeth Asylum and then died on the 4th of August 1918. He was then brought back to North Shields where he was buried in Preston cemetery in an unmarked communal grave.

I want to know what happened to him.

Why was he sent to the asylum, was it battle shock, was he an alcoholic or was it something else?

What did he die of and how did he end up back home in an unmarked grave?

I have found him on the census and I even have his navy service record but I don't know where to look next.

Can anyone help me with either information or suggestions of where to look?

Thanks a lot,


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