The Amazing World of Alice in Wonderland

Memorial tablet to Captain Alan Knyveton Hargreaves (killed in action 1915), and Captain Leopold Reginald Hargreaves (killed in action) 1916, at St Michael and All Angels parish church, Lyndhurst, Hampshire (Copyright Michael Day)

Memorial tablet to Captain Alan Knyveton Hargreaves (killed in action 1915), and Captain Leopold Reginald Hargreaves (killed in action) 1916, at St Michael and All Angels parish church, Lyndhurst, Hampshire (Copyright Michael Day)

1915

Alan Hargreaves, Alice’s first son, joined the Irish Guards at the start of the Great War. He was killed in action on 9th May, near Fromelles in Northern France. He was 33.

1916

Leopold ‘Rex’ Hargreaves, a Captain in the Irish Guards, was severely wounded and died on 25th September, near Lesboeufs in Northern France. He was 33. Caryl, Alice’s remaining son, fought in the Scots Guards but survived the war. A plaque at Lyndhurst Parish church commemorates Alan and Rex. Alice wrote in her diary: ‘We must remember that children are only lent to us by God’.

1919

Philip Dodgson Jaques was born to Amy Irene Hume Dodgson and John Jaques. He was Lewis Carroll’s great-nephew and would later become senior trustee of the Dodgson Estate.

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