Image from GER Toll for the Brave.
Born: Trafalgar Day – 21st October 1895, Stoke, Ipswich.
Died: 27th September 1918; age 23; KiA – killed by a sniper, in or around the village of Gouzeaucourt, near Cambrai.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich, on the outbreak of the war.
Employed: Great Eastern Railway, as an Engine Cleaner – entered 22nd December 1913.
Rank: Private; Service Number: G/21550.
Regiment: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Formerly 1171, Suffolk Regiment, Cyclist Battalion
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
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 & Jeffries, 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.
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