Alexander Plummer was the youngest of six Chailey brothers and one of three killed in the First World War.
He was born in 1886, his birth being registered in the June quarter at Lewes. He appears on the 1891 census, living with his family at
Chailey. The family comprised Charles
Plummer (a 37 year old agricultural labourer), his 36 year old wife Caroline
Elizabeth (nee Martin) and their eight children: Clement Plummer Martin (aged
19, an agricultural labourer), Ebenezer Plummer (aged 14), Emily Plummer (aged
12), Albert Plummer (aged ten), Owen Plummer (aged eight), Alexander Plummer
(aged five), Annie Plummer (aged three) and Laurel Plummer (aged five
months). Another son, 17 year old
William Plummer, was working as a cow lad and domestic servant for Thomas
Farrant at Weavel’s Den, Chailey.
Ten years later, most of the family is still living at
South Street (although some of the ages
do not tally with the information given on the previous census return and there
are some name variations). The family
comprised Charles Plummer (aged 49 and now working as carter on a farm), his
wife Caroline (whose age is given as 57) and seven children: [Charles] William
Plummer (a 27 year old farm labourer), Albert Plummer (a 20 year old gardener),
Owen Plummer (an eighteen year old brickyards labourer), Annie Plummer (aged
12), Laura N Plummer (aged 11), Dora Louisa Plummer (aged six) and Kate
Elizabeth Plummer (aged three).
Clement Plummer Martin, oldest of the Plummer children, was married (1896) with two children, living at
and working as brewer’s labourer.
Ebenezer Plummer had moved out of the family home and was living at 77
South Common with his wife Edith Mary (nee Jenner) and her 88 year old
grandfather John Jenner. Fifteen year
old Alexander was still in Chailey but not at South Street. He was working as a page at The Hooke,
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