Remembering Alan Roy Dyball

I do not know if there is a memorial plaque to staff of Addenbrooke’s who died in the Great War, but I know that many of the consultants, nurses and other staff did join the military.

Many nurses joined the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, and both consultants and nurses were linked with the 1st Eastern General Hospital in Cambridge.

While looking in the Minutes of the Governors of the Hospital a few months ago I came across an entry on 16 October 1916 when the Secretary was requested to write to the parents of Alan Roy Dyball who had been killed in action.  He was first employed at Addenbrooke’s in 1912 and had been engaged for 2 and half years as Clerk in the outpatients office prior to his enlisting.

His parents sent a reply:


Alan was born on 7 June 1894 in Norwich, the second son of Frederick and Mary Ann.  In the 1911 census he was aged 16, living with his parents and brothers in Sheringham. He was employed as a clerk to the rate collector.

He joined the Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion and died of his wounds on 29 Sepember 1916 at the age of 22.   He was probably wounded in the offensive near Thiepval the day before in which the 8th Battalion took part. He is buried in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

You can see his entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and also an entry on the Sheringham Roll of Honour.

2 thoughts on “Remembering Alan Roy Dyball

  1. Miss Woolerton who was an Assistant Matron when I trained in the 1960’s, was in France as a nurse during WW1. Also wounded soldiers were looked after in The Leys school during WW1 I remember seeing a film that was made about this with Miss Woolerton having an important role. No idea where it is today ?


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