Albert HOUGH
Rank: Private
Number: 3029
Unit: 1/6th Battalion , (probably C Company) CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 29 May 1916
Cemetery: Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Albert originated from Salford, but for the previous five years had lived at Old Road, Cheadle. He was married and had two children. He was a keen boxer.

He had enlisted in early 1915, at Stockport. He will have originally joined the 3/6th Cheshires, which was effectively the reserve battalion, before going on active service with the first line unit, in early 1916.

On 25 May 1916, the Battalion went into the front line at Festubert, some 5 kilometres east of the French town of Bethune, for a period of duty that would last until the night of 28 May. It seems that shortly before they were relieved, Albert was shot by a sniper.

After Albert was killed a Captain Innes wrote to his widow, "I have known your husband ever since he joined the company and, for several months he was in my platoon, before Mr Churchill took over command of No.9. On the night he was shot, I spoke a few words to him to cheer him up and he told me he would stick it and not worry about the wound. He thought, like I did, that he would get better, though I knew it was serious. The bullet entered his chest and he had very little pain, but succumbed the following day."

Albert was evacuated from the trenches and taken to 33rd Casualty Clearing Station but there was nothing that could be done and he was buried in the adjacent cemetery. Captain Innes was killed in October 1916.

Lance Sergeant Jones also wrote "It pains me greatly to have to write to you on such a subject, but as Albert especially asked me to convey to you the news that he was wounded, I feel I cannot do less that write to express my deepest sympathy on the loss you have sustained by his death. I was quite near him when he received his wound and although it was such a serious one, I can assure you that it was not causing him much pain. This afternoon, I was sergeant in charge of his funeral party and, in an English cemetery, we paid our last respects to one who was a good soldier, a cheery soul and a friend to all."

Sergeant Jones would himself be killed on 31 July 1917.

Albert's best friend, John Hudson, is also commemorated on this memorial. Both men joined together, served together and died within a week of each other.

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