Albert is remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.


Born: 1893, Beccles, Suffolk.

Died: 14th May 1916; age 23; KiA – Albert went out on a raid on the German trenches, and never came back – killed instantaneously by a rifle shot.

East Suffolk Gazette – 20th June 1916.

Albert was reported missing May 14th 1916, while his brother Staff Sergeant David Sarbutt, who was permitted, by his officer to visit the Suffolk Regiment, states that a party of three who were sent out to bomb a German trench, and only two returned, both wounded, one fatally. Patrols were sent out at once and also the next night, but no trace of his brother could be found.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 18th April 1915 – France.



Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 2956.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War & 1914 Star.


Albert was originally buried in a cemetery close by, with a cross to the grave with his name and number on it.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 37 & 38,

Loos Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Clarke, of 5, Old Mill Terrace, Beccles, Suffolk.






1901   Old Mill Terrace, Beccles, Suffolk.


Albert Sarbutt was 8 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Britannia Sarbutt (nee Beales), 48, a Charwoman; born Beccles, Suffolk.

David Walter Sarbutt, 20, an Engineer Fitter, born Beccles.

Ethel Britannia Sarbutt, 17, a Field Worker on a Farm (veg), born Gillingham, Norfolk.

Walter Stephen Sarbutt, 10, born Beccles.



1911   5, Old Mill Terrace, Beccles, Suffolk.


Albert Sarbutt was 18 years old and a Blacksmith’s Striker at an engineering works. He was living with his mother & step-father, brothers, stepbrother & sister-in-law.

Lewis Clarke, 62, a Corporation General Labour.

Britannia Clarke, 59.

David, 31, an Engineer Fitter.

Susannah Jessie Sarbutt (nee Pooley), 28, born Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Walter, 21, a Furniture Shop Assistant.

Arthur Clarke, 22, a Carter’s Assistant, born Beccles.


Albert’s father Walter William Sarbutt, born 1856, Ringsfield, Suffolk – died 1899. A Timber Merchant’s Carter.


Soldiers’ Effects to Susie Sarbutt – sister-in-law.


Extra information courtesy of Alan – Beccles Museum –


Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment


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