Private Alexander Mole 18/689 18th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


Private Alexander Mole


18th Battalion

Northumberland Fusiliers



Alexander Mole was born in about 1882 in Newcastle upon Tyne. He was the second son and second child of Mathew and Isabella Mole. Alex was baptised on the 8th Feb 1882 at St Anne’s Church Newcastle.

Alex’s dad Mathew Mole was born in about 1854 in Newcastle and was registered as Mathew Henry Mole.

Alex’s mum was born Isabella Marr Bruce in about 1858 in Berwick upon Tweed. She was baptised on the 29th Aug 1858 in Berwick.

Alex’s parents Mathew and Isabella were married in 1877 in Newcastle.

In the 1891 census Alex is 9 years old and his brother John is 12 years old. Alex’s dad is described as a ‘brass moulder’ and they are living in Byker, an area of Newcastle.

In the census of 1901 we find Alex boarding in Gateshead and Alex is described as a ‘French Polisher’, meanwhile (and quite important family wise) his mum and dad are still living in Byker at number 144 Ouseburn Road, just over the Tyne.

We find that Alex Mole marries Agnes M Postlethwaite in Newcastle in 1902. We can now look back to the time of the 1901 census for Agnes and we find that her family actually lived next door to the Mole family at 146 Ouseburn Road .

In the census of 1911 Alex is described as a ‘coal miner’, he and Agnes have 4 children Elizabeth who is 8 years, Mathew who is 6 years, Mary Agnes who is 4 years and Alexander who is 1 year old.

We know that Alex and Agnes had another son in about 1915 called John, John was born in Newcastle.

At some point Alex volunteered for army service and became Private A. Mole 18/689, 18th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers. We know he was in 12 Platoon of C Company, and we know his Battalion embarqued for France on the 7th January 1916 (less than one year after the birth of his youngest son John).