Alexander Hurley

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Alexander (Alec) Hurley
Alec Hurley.jpg
Born (1871-03-24)24 March 1871
Died 6 December 1913(1913-12-06) (aged 42)
Hampstead, London
Cause of death
Stomach cancer
Resting place
Tower Hamlets Cemetery
Nationality British
Occupation Music hall singer
Spouse(s) Marie Lloyd

Alexander (Alec) Hurley (24 March 1871 - 6 December 1913) was best known for being Marie Lloyd's second husband, though he was also a successful and talented performer in his own right.

He went from working in London's docks as a tea packer to boxing in fairground booths, before moving on to the music hall as a coster singer with the song The Strongest Man In The World. He also sang a song called The Lambeth Walk, though this is not the version later made famous in the musical Me and My Girl.

He was also an early keep-fit fanatic. He listed among his spare time activities sculling, ball punching, going for long walks and jogging on Hampstead Heath.

He met Marie Lloyd in 1901 and went on a tour of Australia with her and several other music hall acts. By the time they returned to England they were definitely an item, and they were married in 1905, shortly after Lloyd's divorce from her first husband, Percy Charles Courtenay (1862–1933).

At first their marriage was happy, but relations became increasingly strained when work took them to opposite ends of the country for weeks on end, and Lloyd started drinking heavily and gambling at the races, where she met a jockey called Bernard Dillon, who she moved in with, leaving Alec to tour alone.

Hurley died at Jack Straw's Castle, Hampstead[1][2] on 6 December 1913 aged 42, after a short illness, which his friends said was caused by taking to the bottle after Marie broke his heart. He was buried in Tower Hamlets Cemetery in east London.[3]

In the 2007 BBC drama Miss Marie Lloyd - Queen of The Music Hall, he was portrayed by actor Matthew Marsh


  1. ^ Times newspaper, 8 Dec 1913
  2. ^ General Register Office (England and Wales) Index of Deaths: DEC 1913 HURLEY Alexander 42 Hampstead 1a 738
  3. ^ Tower Hamlets Cemetery, at BBC London accessed 21 Jun 2007