Albert Edward Chatfield, Private 290605, 7th Cheshire Regiment
Died 19th April 1917 in Gaza, Palestine, aged 34
Son of Albert Edward Chatfield, of Grove Cottage, Fairfield, Old Charlton, London. A Student at Oldham Polytechnic and Macclesfield School of Art.
Private Chatfield’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 11 May 1917:
PRIVATE A E CHATFIELD – SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL OF ART STUDENT
Private A E Chatfield… [has been] killed in Egypt. He was brought up by his aunt, who resides at Fern Lea, Mill Green, Macclesfield, and with whom the sisters of the deceased soldier are also living. Private Chatfield, who was 34 years of age, was educated at St George’s School, where he proved an apt pupil, and he continued his studies at the School of Art. There he was a very diligent student and carried off several prizes for design, etc. A beautiful design executed by him adorns the wall of St George’s School. Private Chatfield fought at the battle of Gaza on March 26th-27th… and he fell in the subsequent fighting in Palestine. He was highly respected in Macclesfield for his manly qualities and upright Christian bearing, and many friends deplore the loss of a bright and cheerful comrade.
Private Albert Chatfield is buried in grave ref. XIII. A. 6 in the Gaza War Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Albert Chatfield, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.