Samuel William Aldenton, M.C

1919 photo

He appears to have had 5 "marriages". His WW1 and WW2 record is online in Australian Archives

1887 Jan 8. Born West Norwood, Surrey

1887 Mar 27 Baptised

1891 census at 25, Livingstone Road, Croydon

1901 census shows him as a Butchers Boy in London

1904. May 1. Admitted to Glengall Road School, Tower Hamlets


1905 Enlisted in Royal Navy Service papers available

1911 May 7 Tries to find his mother

1912 Left Navy - he was a Leading Signalman when he left.

1913 and 1915 Married to Florence Annie Herbert - Burns ( two marriages to apparently the same woman. At his bigamy trial she says she married him in 1913)

1914 Sep 17 Enlisted in Australian Army. His next of kin was Miss F A Burns, 76 Broadhurst Gardens, South Hampstead, London N., England. He was an Accountant at 217 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales. One can see that he is claiming that he is not married at this date, but that Miss Burns is whom he marries in 1915

1914 Oct 18. Embarked in Sidney for WW1 in Europe with 1 Field Artillery Brigade

1915 Oct 21. 2nd marriage to Florence

1916 Aug 19 Commissioned 2nd Lt

1916 Dec 9. Promoted Lt

1917 May 11. MC Gazetted. Lt. Samuel William Aldenton, Aust. Field. Arty. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He laid an armoured cable to the front line, being under very heavy fire for a great part of the time. On another occasion he carried out most valuable reconnaissances and sent in excellent reports. He set a splendid example throughout the operations.

1919 Jan Climed to be Camp Commandant at Tidworth

1919 Jun 29 Discharged

1919 Takes out a seaman's card as AB (photo above)

1919 Apr/Jun Marries Constance Wilhelmina Thorpe in London. He uses the name "Sydney Alderton". This is the bigamous marriage. She seems to have left him (or he her) within a month. He takes off for New York as an AB on a ship, and presumably makes his way to India, where he was arrested, and brought back to UK for trial.

1919 Sep 4. Arrives in New York on SS Celtic, He is on the crew, working as an Able Seaman

1920 Nov 16. in Central Criminal Court for bigamy. He was sentenced to 4 weeks and 1 day in be computed from 4 Oct 1920. He therefore went straight from prison into the ADRIC

1920 Dec 13. Joined ADRC with service no 1229. Posted F Coy

1921 May 28. Posted Z Coy

1921 Sep 16 Re-engaged

1921 Jul 1. Divorce Court File: 4824. Appellant: Florence Annie Aldenton. Respondent: Samuel William Aldenton. Type: Wife's petition for divorce

1922 Jan 21. Married to Lois C B Taylor

1922 Jan 22. Discharged at demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Jun 8. Arrives in Albany , Western Australia with his wife L C B Aldenton.

1923 Jun 27 A Times announcement for the birth of a son in Toodyay in Western Australia

1926 On electoral roll with his wife Lois Cecil Beatrix , living in Perth, occupation "nil"

1939 Nov 22. Lt in Australian Army

1949 Feb 1. Capt in Australian Army

1942 Divorced Lois Cecil Beatrix

1943 Jan 5.. Court Martial and Dismissed

1943 living in Clayfield, Queensland. He is a "clerk", not with his wife

1943 May 13 Marries Nancy M Higgins

1944 Mar 8 Son born

1949 living in Lyne, NSW. His occupation is "public servant" and his wife "Nancy Mary"

1953 Jul 3. Sued by son

1954 Still the both of them at Lyne, NSW

1958 Feb 1. Died at Coolangatta, Queensland.