Harrison, Albert W

Albert William Harrison, Private 49364, 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 4th October 1917 in Belgium, aged 27

 

EARLY LIFE

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WW1 SERVICE

Albert enlisted with the Cheshire Regiment in January 1916, but was later transferred to the Manchester Regiment.

Albert’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 19 October 1917:

EMBROIDERER’S DEATH IN BATTLE

Mrs Harrison, 6 Blackshaw St, off Brown St, has been informed by Pte F Carroll, Stanley St, a Macclesfield soldier home on leave from the front, that her husband, Pte Albert William Harrison, Cheshire Regt, was killed in action on October 4th. Pte Carroll states that he was with Pte Harrison before the latter went into action and that his comrade’s name was one of the first on the casualty list of those killed. Pte Harrison was twenty-seven years of age, and he leaves two children. In civil life he was an embroiderer at the London Road Mill of Councillor A W Hewetson, and was connected with St John’s Church and Sunday School. Pte Harrison enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war and was drafted out to France fourteen months ago. He was expecting to come home on leave and had already obtained his pass.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Albert Harrison has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 61 to 63. on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Albert Harrison, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Albert Harrison is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and St John’s Church war memorials, and on the Ancient Order of Foresters Roll of Honour.

 

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SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 19 October 1917, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)


Comments

Harrison, Albert W — 2 Comments

  1. Thank you for the information about my Grandfather.
    Seeing his photograph makes me sad that he had not lived to see his wife and 2 sons in peaceful times
    Sadly one of his sons was killed in the siege of Malta during the Second world war.
    The remaing son (my father)survived the war and lived to be 99years old.

  2. My father was Frank Harrison, the elder son of Albert W Harrison, who was my grandfather. My father was a gunner in the Royal Artillery and was killed in action at the age of 27 on 23 March 1942, leaving a wife and two daughters aged 2 and 5 years old. My sister and I have one memory of our father – a photograph taken by our mother in the South Park, Macclesfield on his last leave, three weeks before he was killed.

    We are pleased to finally know something about the grandfather we never knew and are incredibly grateful to not only him and our father, but to all the young men and women who fought bravely for their country and who sadly lost their lives.

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