Rank: Gunner
Number: 78973
Unit: B Battery, 186th Brigade ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 11 November 1918
Age: 31
Cemetery: Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France

Albert died, of natural causes, on the day the Armistice was signed which an end to the four years of fighting.

He had been born in Bramhall, the son of Edward and Hannah and was the youngest of their three children recorded on the 1901 Census as living at 7 Bridge Lane in the village. The family attended the local parish church and Albert had furthered his education by attending its Sunday School. On 8 December 1918, the congregation would hold a memorial service in Albert’s honour but, a few years later, the community would not remember him by including his name on the village War Memorial.

His commemoration on the Stockport War Memorial was, no doubt, arranged by his wife who lived at 87 Adswood Road. She is thought to have been Martha Ann Davies who married a man called Albert Reynolds in 1909 at All Saints Church, Cheadle Hulme.

Albert was reported to have been a Territorial soldier before the war, serving with the Cheshire Regiment, but he was not mobilised with them in 1914 so, presumably, had completed his time.. When he decided to join up to fight in the War, he may have wanted to ensure that he rejoined the Cheshires as he travelled to Chester to enlist, where the Regiment had its headquarters. However, in spite of his journey, he found himself assigned to the artillery. 186th Brigade was founded during the War, originally from men working for the Thames Ironworks in London. It can be assumed, therefore, that Albert joined them later as one of a draft of replacements for casualties.

The cause of his death is not known, but during the autumn of 1918, there was a world wide pandemic of influenza, known as Spanish Flu, which killed millions.

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