Alexander Lionel Grice

Rank:Air Raid Warden
How Died:Blast
Incident Date:09/01/1941
Incident Address.Sandy Lane, Lymm - Public Shelter
Died Address:Sandy Lane, Lymm - Public Shelter
Grave Details:B/160 Gravestone/Cross
Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Altrincham (Hale) Cemetery
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born on the 13th November 1902, the birth being
registered during the December quarter 1902 at
Runcorn R.D. - ref: 8a/223, the eldest son of
Philip & Madeline Hazelhurst Grice.   He was
registered as Lionel Alexander Grice.  Baptised at
Halton on the 20th January 1903. 

1911 Census - 151 Liverpool Road, Irlam,
Lancashire.     Son - recorded as Lionel Alexander
- aged: 8 - born: Halton, Cheshire.  Head of
household - Philip Grice - Married - aged: 35 -
occ: Bankers Clerk with the William Deacons Bank -
born: Kingsley, Cheshire.   Also - Madeline
Hazelhurst Grice - Wife - aged: 28 - born: Hull,
Yorkshire.  Plus 1 younger brother.

It seems that once an adult, he preferred the name
of Alexander over Lionel and swapped them over.

He married Norah Robson during the March quarter
1932 in the Bucklow R.D. - ref: 8a/323. 
Registered as Alexander Lionel Grice.

1939 National Registration - 94 Burford Lane,
Lymm, Cheshire.    Alexander L. Grice - Married -
born: 13th November 1902 - occ: Working Director
Haulage Contractors.   Norah Grice - Married -
born: 8th September 1908 - occ: Unpaid Domestic

Alexander was an Air Raid Warden on duty in Sandy
Lane and was killed by a bomb, probably jettisoned
by an enemy plane passing over from the raid on
Manchester that night - the fourth largest raid on
Manchester during WW2.   Ironically he was killed
just as he was entering an Air Raid Shelter.

The old school on Sandy Lane has now gone, there
is a row of houses there now.  There were two
air-raid shelters across the road from the school,
where the chippy car park was. 

Information received from Warrington
LSL.........The Warrington Guardian of the 18th
January 1941 has a death notice and obituary for
him, unfortunately the quality of the original
paper was too poor to permit a legible copy.   The
obituary and death notice merely say that his
death was sudden, and there was no report on any
bombing raid.   However, the M.I. on his
gravestone definitely states that he “was killed
at his post by enemy action on the 9th January

Buried 14/01/1941 - Burial No. 10,801.  M.I. -
"His memory is ours to cherish".    His wife died
27/07/1985 aged 80 years.

CWGC - Air Raid Warden. Son of Philip and Madeline
Hazelhurst Grice, of Fedw Cottage, Carrog, North
Wales; husband of Norah Grice, of 94 Burford Lane.
Died at Sandy Lane Public Shelter.

Probate Record.  Alexander Lionel Grice of
Helsdale Cottage, 94 Burford Lane, Lymm killed
through war operations on the 9th January 1941
whose dead body was found at Sandy Lane, Lymm.  
Administration granted at Manchester on the 20th
March 1941 to his widow - Nora Grice.   Estate
valued at £1,262. 9s. 4d.

Lymm (Warrington MBC)
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