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   Albert Alexander
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   Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, Oxford
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  Police Constable
Cause of death:
  perforated gastric ulcer staphylococcal pyemia
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   Albert Alexander
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   19 March 1941
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   Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford
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Book number: 1917
Page number: 232
Record number: 11452
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Memorial Details

  Albert Alexander
  15 March 1941
  Kerbstones with headstone at E end
  On headstone: In/Loving Memory of /Albert Alexander, / died March 15. 1941/ aged 44./ At rest./Edith Mary / Alexander/ his wife/ died October 10. 1985 / aged 89.//
  Kerbstones with corner pillars and headstone at E end
  01 September 2013
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Edith Mary Alexander



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Albert Alexander
Article source:    The National Association of Retired Police Officers
Date of source:    01 January 2004
Copyright:    © as above


Oxon NARPO* News - Spring 2004
Albert Alexander

During 1940 research was in progress on a drug known as penicillin. A number of experiments had been carried out on animals with some success and it was decided to risk a clinical trial. The team did not want to risk injecting a healthy volunteer in case of adverse reaction. It would be a constable from the Berkshire Constabulary.
Police Constable 231 Albert Alexander was a member of the Berkshire Constabulary. He was born in the parish of Woodley in February 1897, joined the Force in July 1921.
At the outbreak of the war he was stationed at Wootton and was a member of the Force’s Mutual Aid Team and was on standby duty to go anywhere in the Country.
At about 7 pm on 23 November 1940 men from the County were required to assist the Southampton police. Thirty men were mustered, one of whom was Constable Alexander. They reported to the Civic centre in Southampton. Upon their arrival there were sporadic raids, but the following week was comparatively quiet. Their time was spent on patrol and surveillance of damaged buildings.
At approximately 5:50 pm on 30 November a surprise attack came. A police station took a direct hit killing a sergeant and injuring two constables, one of whom was Constable Alexander. After treatment he was transferred to Abingdon Cottage Hospital where he developed blood poisoning. He was moved to the Radcliffe Infirmary Oxford for treatment. It was agreed that he would be injected with the drug penicillin. His condition improved as a result of the drug, but after 5 days the supply ran out and a month later he died. The problem of manufacture was taken up by the Americans. 
The method they used to grow the cultures was in hundreds of BEDPANS.
* NAPRO is The National Association of Retired Police Officers.
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Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:   
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News



His many friends in the Newbury District will learn of the death of Police Constable Albert Alexander, which occurred on Saturday in a hospital at Oxford. P.C. Alexander, who was only 44 years of age, had been ill for the past few months following special duty in a “blitzed” town. He was stationed for a number of years at Hungerford, Newbury and Brimpton, being transferred four years ago to Wootton in the Abingdon Division, where he was stationed at the time of his death. He had twenty years service in the Berkshire Constabulary and was a most popular officer.. P.C. Alexander leaves a widow and two children, with whom the utmost sympathy is felt.

Police officers from all parts of the County attended the funeral, which took place yesterday (Wednesday) at the Newtown-road Cemetery, Newbury, where a service was conducted by the Rev. A.A.H. Radice.

The family mourners were: the widow, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. And Mrs. G. Annetts (sister and brother-in-law), Mrs. E. Annetts (sister), Mr and Mrs Daws (sister and brother-in-law), Mrs. Lucas, Mrs. Hughes sisters-in-law, Mr. Deacon (brother-in-law), Mrs Crawshaw, Miss Crawshaw, Mr. Bowley.

There were also present: Supt Crombie, Reading (representing the Chief Constable), Supt Barrett (Abingdon) Supt. Lambourn (Newbury), Inspector Bennett (Newbury), Inspector Burbidge (Faringdon), Inspector East (Wokingham), Inspector Hayter (Abingdon), Inspector Haskins (Maidenhead), Inspector Lidsey (Didcot), Sixteen police sergeants and 54 constables attended in addition to Section Officer Hough and three special constables from Cumnor.

Wreaths were sent from his wife and children; Sheila and Brian; Daisy, Gwen and Jack; Gran; Nin, Whoop and Humphrey; Sid Kit and Monica; Neil, Mabel, Joe, Dorrie and Harry; Peggy and Fred; Eve and George (Shinfield), and Ted and Neil (Burghfield); Phil, Daisy and family;All at Homer Cottage; Four Neighbours; Friends at “The Bystander”; Mr. Trinder, Edith and Margery; Mr. and Mrs. Sayer and Ken; Mr. and Mrs. Binning and family; Inspector and Mrs Huckins;Mr. And Mrs. G. Tomkins; Mr. and Mrs. Moreton and John; Mr. and Mrs Meadows and family; Mr. and Mrs. Buzzard and family;Mr. And Mrs. Rowse and family; Mr. and Mrs. G.S. Gooden; Mr. and Mrs. Wing, Cumnor Post Office,Mr. And Mrs. Brewer and family; Children and teachers of Dry Sanden School; Home Guards of Wootton-road; White Hill Dairy; Air Raid Wardens, Lower Wootton; Chief Constable, Officers and Constables of the Berkshire Constabulary; Officers and Constables of the Newbury Division; Cumnor Police and Special Constables; Comrades of the Abingdon Division; Officers and Constables of the Maidenhead Division; Officers and Constables of the Wokingham Division.



Since the inclusion on our website of details of P.C. Alexander’s death we have been contacted by the following international institutions seeking further assistance.

Working on a mini-documentary about the history of penicillin 

Working alongside India’s National Council of Science Museums in setting up an exhibition to tour India and three other countries. Funding is by The Wellcome Trust.
Also inclusion in the public exhibition at the Science Museum, Kensington, in the Wellcome Gallery.

Developing an online educational course in microbiology for high school students in both Hebrew and Arabic.

Setting up a free online educational exhibition around the history of scientific tools, etc. hosted by, a charitable educational resource.
Gratifying isn’t it!

Albert Alexander
Article source:    Paul Thompson
Date of source:    01 March 2020
Copyright:    © FNRC





You may be aware that toward the end of last year, we were contacted by the London Science Museum about Albert Alexander (the first person in the UK to receive experimental penicillin treatment) who is buried in the cemetery.  They were planning a large display on medicines and had seen our material on Albert and wanted to use some of it in a special display on penicillin as part of the exhibition.  We agreed and liaised with Albert’s family for the use of the photographs that we have on site by kind permission.

I am pleased to say that the exhibition is now open in the “Wellcome Gallery” and I have recently been to see it.  Albert’s is a small part of the display, but he played a major role in the development of penicillin and we are proud to have played our part helping to create this interesting exhibition. Admission to the Science Museum is still free if you are up that way.

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Albert in his Police uniform (top left)
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Edith Alexander
Albert's wife Edith with Sheila
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Oxfordshire Blue Plaque sited at The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford
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copy of marriage certificate - Albert Alexander and Edith Deacon
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taken on or around 31st March, 1925 at the retirement of Superintendent Joseph Maunders (centre) after 38 years service.
© kindly provided by David Stubbs - Albert Alexander is towards the back on the left-hand side between the window and the mounted officer.
Albert Alexander


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