Born: 1886, Ipswich.
Died: 18th August 1916; 30; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 1029
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st/4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
1891 2, Lane’s Court, Curriers Lane, Ipswich.
Albert was 5 years old and and living with his parents & siblings.
Charles English, 46, a Labourer, born Woolverstone, Suffolk.
Sarah Darrell English (nee Lorkin), 42, born Ipswich.
Jane Elizabeth English, 19, a Stay Maker, born Ipswich.
Alice Rosa English, 15, a Stay Maker, born Ipswich.
Mabel Rebecca English, 11, born Ipswich.
Ellen Francis English, 9, born Ipswich.
Mary Ann English, 7, born Ipswich.
John William English, 7, born Ipswich.
Arthur James English, 3, born Ipswich.
baby boy English, 10 days old, born Ipswich (William Robert).
1901 85, Purplett Street, Ipswich.
Albert was 15 years old, a Van Boy – Farm. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Charles, 56, a Labourer – Oil Mill.
Alice, 25, a Stay Fanner.
Mabel, 21, a Stay Fanner.
Polly, 18, a Stay Modeller.
John, 17, a Foundry Labourer.
1911 85, Purplett Street, Ipswich.
Albert was 25 years old, a Labourer – Oil Mill. He and his brother were living at their parents home.
Arthur, 23, a Blacksmith Stoker – Engineer’s Foundry.
Albert’s widowed mother, Sarah, was staying with 31 year old, Timber Faller, Richard Lorking, a Widower & his family at his home – 10, Klondyke, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Albert’s father Charles English died 1906, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Sarah D. English – mother.
Suffolk Regiment records show:
4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley.
The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)
Suffolk Regiment, 1st/4th Battalion: