Rank: Private
Service Number: 24435.
Regiment: 1st Bn. East Lancashire Regiment Killed In Action Thursday 21st March 1918 Age 27County Memorial Henbury & Macclesfield
Commemorated\Buried ARRAS MEMORIAL
Grave\Panel Ref: Bay 6.

Born in 1891 at Henbury, Macclesfield, son of Henry and Mary Cliffe, Chelford Road, educated at St Thomas’ school, Macclesfield. In 1911, Albert was living with his five sisters, Emma Maud, Sarah Ellen, May Annie, Bertha Alice and Florence, at 2, Whirley Road, Broken Cross; he was working as a jacquard cardcutter.

Albert enlisted, 14/02/1916, at Blackburn, Lancashire, and in the third quarter of 1917, he married Florence George, at Christ Church, Macclesfield; they set up home at 20, Shaw Street, Macclesfield. He was drafted with the British Expeditionary Force to France, the East Lancashire Regiment was in the 34th Division, 103rd Infantry Brigade and the Battalion war diary for March 21st 1918, records the following; The B.G.C. 102nd Brigade asked that a company should be sent out to form a defensive flank to the S.E. on the HOGS BACK facing ECOUST. The O.C. “D” Company was ordered to take his company forward. There were more delays moving the company forward then there should have been. Further companies followed later. Albert was killed in action, Thursday, 21/03/1918, aged 27 years, just two months after his son Morris Edwin Cliffe was born, 29/01/1918.

Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank H.A.G Carlisle for this information on Albert.