Albert ALLMAN
Rank: Private
Number: 21304
Unit: 2nd Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 16 July 1917
Age: 41
Cemetery: Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, Belgium

Albert originated from North Manchester and was recorded on the 1901 census as living there at 51 Burton Street with his parents, Isaac and Margaret and his sister, also called Margaret. Albert was then 24 and was working as a printer's labourer. Later that year, it's thought that he married Maria Spencer at St Catherines Church, Manchester. They came to live in South Reddish and had their home at 92 Bangor Street.

Albert enlisted into the army in the late autumn of 1914, joining the 7th of the "Pals" Battalions of the Manchester Regiment. He was assigned to 8 Platoon, "B" Company. It isn't known when Albert transferred to the 2nd Battalion. It will, however, be reasonable to speculate that he saw action with Pals during the battle of the Somme in the summer and early autumn of 1916. It is likely that he was wounded during this time and , when he had recovered, the army decided that the 2nd Battalion was in greater need of replacement troops.

In mid July 1917, the men of 2nd Manchesters had a few days away from the fighting and were at Jean Bart Camp, somewhere a little way behind the front line near the Belgian coastal town of Nieuwpoort. At 7pm on the 11th, they received orders to start another tour of duty, relieving the 16th Highland Light Infantry in "C" Subsector. As they changed over in the trenches, the positions were heavily shelled and several men were killed before the relief was completed at 4am.

On the 13th, the enemy opened another heavy bombardment, including the use of tear gas shells, of the front line and communication trenches. It didn't stop until nearly midnight. Several men had been killed, probably including Thomas Timperley.

On the 15th, "B" Company raided the enemy trenches. In retaliation, the Germans shelled the British 1st, 2nd and 3rd lines. It is not known if Albert was one of the raiders or was in the trenches, but he was very badly wounded. He was in the process of being evacuated to a field hospital but died on the way. Another local man, George Rowland, had been killed.

   
           
   
     
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