Rank: Gunner
Service Number: 78973.
Regiment: "B" Bty. 186th Bde. Royal Field Artillery Died Monday 11th November 1918 Age 31County Memorial Stockport
Grave\Panel Ref: Div. 62.IV.A.7.

Albert died, of natural causes, on the day the Armistice was signed which saw an end to the four years of fighting. He had been born in Bramhall, the son of Edward and Hannah and was the youngest of their three children recorded on the 1901 Census as living at 7 Bridge Lane in the village. The family attended the local parish church and Albert had furthered his education by attending its Sunday School. In 1909 Albert married Martha Ann Davies at All Saints Church, Cheadle Hulme, by 1911 the family lived at 87 Adswood Road, Stockport, they had one daughter, Ethel Mary age 9 months when the census was taken. Albert was working as a Waggoner on a local farm.

On 8 December 1918, the congregation at Bramhall when Albert had spent his childhood held a memorial service in Albert’s honour but, a few years later, the community would not remember him by including his name on the village War Memorial. His commemoration on the Stockport War Memorial was, no doubt, arranged by his wife who still lived at 87 Adswood Road. Albert was reported to have been a Territorial soldier before the war, serving with the Cheshire Regiment, but he was not mobilised with them in 1914 so, presumably, had completed his time. When he decided to join up to fight in the War, he may have wanted to ensure that he re-joined the Cheshire’s as he travelled to Chester to enlist, where the Regiment had its headquarters. However, in spite of his journey, he found himself assigned to the artillery. 186th Brigade was founded during the War, originally from men working for the Thames Ironworks in London. It can be assumed, therefore, that Albert joined them later as one of a draft of replacements for casualties, arriving in France 16th July 1915. The cause of his death is not known, but during the autumn of 1918, there was a worldwide pandemic of influenza, known as Spanish Flu, which killed millions.

Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Peter Hassall for the picture of Albert.