Albert Edward TITTERTON
Rank: Private
Number: 230930
Unit: 10th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Date of Death: 22 August 1918
Age: 22
Cemetery: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

In the late spring of 1891, Arthur Titterton and Sarah Cobham married in a civil ceremony at Stockport. Their first child was born about 1894 and they named him Albert. When the 1901 Census was taken, the family was living at 16 Reddish Road and had grown with the additions of three year old Stanley and Doris, aged 1.

When war was declared in August 1914, it is thought that Albert was already a member of the territorial force, serving part-time with the Cheshire Yeomanry. He volunteered for overseas service and was given the service number of 1647. The Yeomanry was the cavalry of the Territorials but, in November 1915, it was turned into a dismounted unit and was sent on active service to Egypt. In March of 1917, it was merged with the Shropshire Yeomany and became the 10th Battalion of the KSLI.

For most of August 1918, the battalion was resting away from the front line but, on the 21st, it moved back into the trenches at St Floris (approximately 15 kilometres north of the French town of Bethune). The next day, orders were received at very short notice to move forward in conformity with a general advance of the British line, north of the Lys Canal. The advance by some other battalions became stalled and without any orders to the contrary, the Shropshires continued to move forward into what would prove to be a trap. The Regimental History records "Advancing through high standing corn the Battalion continued until within a few hundred yards of the concealed enemy, who met them with a devastating fire from carefully prepared positions. He then followed up his advantage with a determined counter-attack and severe hand-to-hand fighting took place. The Battalion was eventually forced back to its starting point. The enemy made no attempt to press home the counter-attack."  Albert was one of 58 to be killed in the fighting. Another local man, Frank Grenville, also died.

After the War, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, Arthur Titterton was living at 224 manchester Road, Stockport.

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