Rank: Private
Number: 242390
Unit: 2/6th Battalion LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 20 July 1917
Age: 32
Cemetery: Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, Belgium

Albert was the youngest son of Charles and Annie of 46 Victoria Lane, Stockport. The family had previously lived at 55 Wellington Road. They were living there when the census was taken in 1901. This recorded Charles as being 58 and working as a coachman. Albert, then 16, was working as an office clerk. His older siblings were William (28) and Mary (20).

When he enlisted into the army, probably as a conscript in 1916, he was working as a cashier at the cotton doubling mills of Mayall and Massey Ltd, 136 Hyde Road, Woodley.

On the day he was killed, Albert and his comrades were in trenches on the right of the Divisional sector at Oost Dunkerque. This is about 20 kilometres further east from the French town of Dunkerque, across the border into Belgium. The Battalion's War Diary notes only that there was some shelling of the front line and support trenches.

Lt J Gartside wrote to the family telling them what had happened. "Albert was killed instantly by a piece of shrapnel from a German shell which exploded near his post at 2am on Monday, whilst he was on sentry in the trenches. He died at his post - a noble death on duty till the last. He was surely a good lad so very willing and always so cheerful and one of whom I was very proud. He was one of our Lewis gun team and I am sorry to say your son is the third member of the team to be killed. He is buried in a British Cemetery about four miles behind the lines along with many other British soldiers who have been killed in action. His grave will be cared for. In spite of your sorrow you must be proud of your son, whose life is not given in vain. I wish to express on behalf of myself and his platoon commander, our deepest sympathy with you in your great sorrow."

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