Albert James PAXTON
Rank: Private
Number: PLY/14663
Date of Death: 17 August 1917
Age: 26
Cemetery: Willow Grove Cemetery, Stockport

Tragedy would come to the Paxton household twice within a week. Probably just before Albert died, news would have been received that his younger brother, Harold, had died of wounds at a field hospital in Belgium.

James and Elizabeth Paxton originated from the Salford area and their two eldest children, Annie and Florence, had been born there. About 1890, the family moved to the Cheadle area, probably in connection with James’s work as a guard on the railways. They lived at Adswood Terrace (and, later, at 4 Warren Road). Three more children would be born – Albert (in about 1891), Harold (about 1893) and Arthur (about 1898).

In about 1908, as soon as he was old enough, Albert joined the Marines. His early service is not known but his final posting was aboard HMS King Alfred, a 14000 ton cruiser. Albert was at home on 10 days leave when he was taken ill and died at Dialstone Lane Hospital.

His funeral was on 22 August and the coffin was taken to Willow Grove on an open Windsor car. Mrs Paxton was too distraught to attend but Mr Paxton, Arthur, Annie and Florence were there. Buglers sounded the Last Post, but there were no shots fired over the grave.

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