King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918

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Headley, Alfred Norman

Lieutenant ▪ Submarine E37, Royal Navy

Alfred Norman Headley, born on 7th December 1884, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1897. He was the only son of Mr and Mrs Headley of ‘The Hawthorns’, Trafalgar Road, Moseley (and later of Chester Road, Erdington).

At School, Alfred was a long-distance runner and an average pupil in terms of academic subjects but with an aptitude for science. After School, Alfred joined the Merchant Navy and, in one year alone, travelled 80,000 miles, chiefly between England and South Africa.

In August 1914, Alfred volunteered for the Royal Navy. During his training on HMS Conway at Liverpool, he won First Prize and £100 for Navigation, in front of 150 other cadets. After graduating to Sub-Lieutenant and serving briefly on HM Cruiser Maidstone, he was promoted to Lieutenant on submarine E37 at the Battle of Jutland. He was lost and presumed dead in that submarine between 30th November and 3rd December 1916, aged thirty-two. He is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, and his estate of £695 was left to Lorenzo Headley, “gentleman”, possibly a cousin.