Albert is remembered on the war memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich.
Born: 18th June 1888, Bethnal Green, London.
Baptised: 18th July 1888, at St. Andrew’s Church, Bethnal Green. Parents: Harriet & William Rayment – a French Polisher, of 31, Florida Street, Bethnal Green.
Died: 3rd September 1916; age 28; KiA.
Residence: 12, Balmoral Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
Occupation: French Polisher.
Enlistment Location: Bedford, Bedfordshire; date: 6th April 1915; age: 27 years & 10 months. Height: 5ft 4ins.
Rank: Acting Sergeant; Service Number: 23490.
Formerly 20187, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pier & Face 11A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs. H. Briggs; husband of Dora Heywood (formerly Briggs), of 7, Rookswood Road, March, Cambridgeshire.
1891 40, Market Street, St. George the Martyr, London.
Albert was 2 years old and living with his mother, brother, mother’s partner & step brother.
John James Briggs, 31, a Boot Finisher, born Shoreditch, London.
Harriet Alice Briggs (nee Briggs (married name Rayment), 25, born 25, West Street, Shoreditch, London.
William Rayment, 5, born Bethnal Green.
John James Briggs, 10 months, born Southbank, London.
1901 30, Moye Street, Shoreditch, London.
Albert and his brother William are recorded with their step father’s surname Briggs.
Albert was 13 years old and living with his mother, brother, step father & step siblings.
John, 42, a Boot Finisher.
William Briggs, 15.
Charles Frederick Briggs, 8, born Southwark, London.
Louisa Alice May Briggs, 3, born Bethnal Green.
Florence Kathleen Briggs, 9 months, born Bethnal Green.
Albert & William’s father was William Rayment, born October 1864, Bethnal Green. After William & Harriet’s married failed he returned to live with his parents, Thomas & Sarah Rayment, at their home at 37, Hague Street, Bethnal Green, in 1891, and at 13, Challon Street, Bethnal Green, in 1901. William, a French Polisher, died in November 1904.
On the 14th May 1894, 5 year old Albert, of 9, Porlock Street, was registered by his step father, John to attend Laxon Street School, Southwark.
On the 6th April 1897, John registered his step sons and son for admission to the Maidstone Street School, Hackney – Albert, aged 8, William born 4th April 1886, and John born 25th May 1890. The family lived at 30, Moye Street.
On the 27th August 1900, John registered Albert for admission to Pritchards Road School for Boys, Tower Hamlet. The family lived at 30, Moye Street.
On the 27th October 1912, at Ipswich Register Office, Albert married Lucy Dora Woods, born January 1890, Ipswich. They had 2 children:
Albert Rayment Briggs, born February 1913, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
Gwendoline Dora Briggs, born March 1914, Hitchin.
In 1918, at Ipswich, Dora married Isaac Clegg Heywood.
Albert’s step brother Charles Frederick Briggs also lost his life during the First World War. A Lance Corporal, service number 421340, of the London Regiment, 10th (County of London) Battalion (Hackney). Charles was KiA on the 18th March 1917, aged 23, and laid to rest at Le Fermont Military Cemetery, Riviene, France.
Soldiers’ Effects to Dora Heywood – widow.
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
9th (Service) Battalion
Sept 1914 Formed at Preston as part of the Third New Army (K3) and then moved to Salisbury Plain as part of the 74th Brigade of the 25th Division and then moved to Christchurch.
Jan 1915 Moved to Southbourne and then Romsey, then Blenheim, then Aldershot.
26.09.1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne and then transferred and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
German attack on Vimy Ridge, The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin, The Battle of Pozieres, The Battle of the Ancre Heights.