Talk:Le Clerc

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The photo displayed is of Alfred Thomas Kingston Leclercq (1879 - 1960). I have his passport in front of me and this photo was clearly taken for this purpose. He was the son of Thomas Alfred Leclercq (1837 - 1889) and Elizabeth Jane Kingston (1853-1909), and was my grandfather. On the death of his father, Alfred Thomas went to the Jersey Industrial School and from there to the army (1st Batallion Lancashires who were stationed in Jersey at that time). On discharge from the army he entered the navy in 1904 as a stoker - his naval records are in the name of Alfred Thomas Kingston Noel, but the records say that he adopted this name as an alias and that his correct name was Leclercq. The photos of ships are those he served on On discharge from the navy in October 1913 (he had absconded on a number of occasions and spent a lot of time in the cells) he re-enlisted in the army using his alias - Noel - and falsifying his age. He was in the machine gun corps and I believe this is the badge on the photo. He was discharged as unfit in October 1916, so survived WW1. He returned to Jersey for a few days in November 1916 and was issued with a passport in the name of Noel and lived the rest of his life in England where he met and married my grandmother, and they had 2 sons. His family were unaware of his history or that he came from Jersey until after his death when papers were discovered.

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