Image from G.E.R. Toll for the Brave.
Born: Trafalgar Day – 21st October 1895, Stoke, Ipswich.
Died: 27th September 1918; age 22; KiA – killed by a sniper, in or around the village of Gouzeaucourt, near Cambrai. Served 5 years & 290 days.
Residence: 7, Nottidge Road, Ipswich.
Employed: Great Eastern Railway, as an Engine Cleaner – entered 22nd December 1913.
Enlistment: into the 6th (Cyclist) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Location: Ipswich; 12th December 1912; age: 17 years & 2 months. Signed up for 4 years. Height: 5ft 5ins, blue eyes and fair hair.
Home: 12th December 1912 – 26th October 1915
Mediterranean Expeditionary Force: 27th October 1915 – 24th March 1916
Home: 25th March 1916 – 19th August 1918
British Expeditionary Force – France: 19th August 1918 – 27th September 1918.
Recruit Training – 12th December 1912 – 11th March 1913.
Training at Saxmundham Camp – 12th March 1913 – 26th July 1913
Training at Pakefield Camp – 27th July 1913 – 4th August 1914.
Transferred to the East Anglian Cyclists – 9th October 1915.
Embarked: Folkestone – 19th August 1918
Disembarked: Boulogne – 19th August 1918
Joined at Estaples – 20th August 1918 and transferred to the Royal West Kent Regiment – benefit of Service allotted new service number – 21550.
Joined 1st Battalion – in the Field – 24th August 1918.
Leiston – 15th January 1915 – 1. Not properly dressed for Parade. 2. Insubordination – Forfeits 2 days pay and 1 day confined to barracks.
Leiston – 14th March 1915 – Breaking out of barracks and absent from Parade – 168 detention.
Alderton – 6th July 1915 – Unshaved on guard Parade – 2 days confined to barracks.
Halton Camp – 21st August 1916 – Absent from quarters to 11:30 p.m. – forfeits 2 days pay and 1 day confined to barracks.
Aldershot – 20th January 1917 – Quitting station without leave and remaining absent from tattoo until 10 a.m. 22nd January 1917 – Admonished and forfeits 3 days pay.
Colchester – 1st April 1917 – Absent from 11 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. 2nd April 1917 – Admonished and forfeits 3 days pay.
Great Bentley – 7th August 1917 – 1. Absent from Parade at 8:30 p.m. on Abbey Fields. 2. Riding a government cycle without permission – 5 days confined to barracks.
Rank: Private; Service Number: G/21550.
Regiment: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Formerly Private, 1171, Suffolk Regiment, Cyclist Battalion and Private, Army Cyclists Corps, 14951.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Body exhumed from a grave not marked with a cross and identified, before reburial.
1901 47, Austin Street, Ipswich.
Albert was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Herman Fitzroy Gallant, 45, a Letter Carrier – G.P.O., born St. Mary Stoke, Ipswich.
Harriet Susannah Gallant (nee Kell), 34, born Market Palce, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
William James Gallant, 11, born St. Nicholas, Ipswich.
Gertrude Elizabeth Gallant, 8, born Ipswich.
1911 191, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.
Albert was 15 years old, a worker at Ransome, Sims & Jeffries, Iron Foundry. He was living with his father, father’s new wife & siblings.
Herman, 45, a Postman – Post Office.
Emma Jane Gallant (nee York), 48, born St. Jiles, Reading, Berkshire.
William, 21, a Turner & Fitter – Ransome, Sims & Jefferies, Iron Foundry.
Harriet Matilda Gallant, 8, born St. Mary’s Stoke, Ipswich.
Albert’s mother, Harriet Susannah Gallant died August 1902, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Herman F. Gallant – father.
In March 1920, the Memorial Scroll was sent to Albert’s father Herman Gallant, of Nottidge Cottages, Ipswich.
A family note: Albert served in the military from 1914 to 1918 initially in the Balkans as part of the East Anglian Cycle Corps and later in France as part of the 1st Bn., Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Private G/21550.
Albert died on 28 Sep 1918 at the age of 23.
According to stories told by his sister, Harriott Matilda, he had been on leave not long before his death and was recovering from ‘Shell Shock’ before returning to France. He is believed to have been killed by a sniper in or around the village of Gouzeaucourt, near Cambrai in the Nord Department of France.in Gouzeaucourt, Nord, France.
Albert is also remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London.
GER Toll for the Brave.
Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society