Albert Edward SIMMONS
Rank: Private
Number: 24156
Unit: 11th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 7 June 1917
Age: 37
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Albert was born in the Ardwick area of Manchester. As an adult, he had married Elizabeth Ellen and they lived at 1 Norfolk Street, Portwood, Stockport. Nothing is known for certain about the intervening years, although the 1901 Census only records one man of the right name, city of birth and age. This Albert Simmons was living in Enfield, Middlesex and was working as a domestic groom.

Albert enlisted in the army at Stockport; his service number suggesting that this was between December 1914 and April 1915. He was killed in the fighting described here.

Later, his Company Captain wrote to Elizabeth - "Your husband gallantly fell in action during an attack, after doing most splendid work. I can only say how much we all feel the loss and how we shall miss him amongst us. I credit the success of the operation very largely to the great enthusiasm and patient work of all my men, both before and during the attack. Your husband could not have died a more glorious death than on such a battlefield, nor done more gallant work before his death."

By the early 1920s, Elizabeth had remarried, to a Mr Lomax, and was living at 59 Reddish Road, South Reddish.

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