Rank: Private
Number: 265408
Unit: A Company, 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 27 September 1917
Age: 21
Cemetery: Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany

Albert was the son of Amelia and the late Albert Cropper of 53 Higher bent's Lane, Bredbury. He had been born in the area and attended George Lane Congregational Church. He worked nearby as a hatter at Robinson's Ltd, Romiley. In his spare time, Albert was a member of the Territorial Army (service number 1575). He was mobilised when war was declared on 4 August 1914 and volunteered for overseas service on the 8th. Click here for a description of the Battalion's first months of war service.

He was a drummer in the Battalion band. These soldiers usually doubled as stretcher bearers and he would have been kept very busy when the Battalion attacked on 31 July 1917. The description here includes an account of one of the medical party. Although he mentions that there were no stretcher bearers, this cannot be the full story as, after the attack, Albert was posted as missing in action. However, further news came a month later that he had been wounded and taken prisoner. He died of these wounds a few weeks later.

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