Born: 16th October 1889, Ipswich.
Died: 13th March 1915; Age: 26; Died of Wounds at No. 7. Clearing Hospital after wounds received in action at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle on the 11th March.
Residence: 4, Tennyson Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: Boiler Maker.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: September 1914.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 2336
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
1891 Kemball Street, Ipswich.
Albert was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Henry Rampling Grainger, 41, a Labourer – Foundry, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Hannah Grainger (nee Brown), 41, born Ipswich.
Annie Kate Grainger, 19, a Corset Maker, born Ipswich.
Amy Elizabeth Grainger, 17, a Corset Maker, born Ipswich.
George William Grainger, 16, a Labourer 0 Foundry, born Ipswich.
Harry Rampling Grainger, 9, born Ipswich.
Lily Rampling Grainger, 6, born Ipswich.
Daniel Albert Grainger, 4, born Ipswich.
1901 50, Kemball Street, Ipswich.
Albert was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Henry, 51, a Boilers Maker’s Labourer.
Harry, 17, a Labourer – Plough Shop.
Lily, 15, a Stay Machinist.
1911 94, Kemball Street, Ipswich.
Albert was 22 years old, a Boiler Maker – Engineering Works. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Henry, 63, a Market Gardener’s Labourer.
Harry, 28, Labourer – Plough Manufacturer.
Lily Trew (nee Grainger), 26, a Mother’s Help – Domestic.
Arthur, 24, a Plough Fitter – Plough Manufacturer.
Albert attended St. John’s School, Ipswich.
In March 1913, at Bucklesham Church, Suffolk, Albert married, Grace Annie Colthorpe, born 1892, Kirton, Suffolk. They had 2 children:
Florence Grace Grainger, born March 1913, Ipswich.
Albert Victor Grainger, born January 1914, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Grace A. Grainger – widow.
Albert is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John the Baptist church, Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10th – 13th March 1915 was the first planned British offensive of the war. The objective was to take the German line at the Village of Neueve Chapelle and break out and head towards the City of Lille, with the main objective taking the Aubers Ridge beyond which was of strategic value. The Battle started well with a heavy bombardment of the German line (more shells fired on this occasion than the entire Boer War) with an advance which successfully took most of the first and second line trenches, but due to poor communications stalled once the village had been taken. The Germans then had time to set up more defensive lines outside of the village and hold the British advance. 40,000 British and Indian troops took part in the Battle with over 10,000+ Casualties.
The 4th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment entered the battle on the 11th of March taking up positions on the out skirts of the Neuve Chapelle facing the Bois Du Biez which later were ordered to occupy. The 4th Battalion lost many men through shelling on their positions followed by a counter attack on the 12th by the Germans. In total the Battalion sustained 217 casualties.