Albert Victor Finney, Private 282331, “C” Coy. 2/7th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
Died of wounds 14th October 1917 in Belgium, aged 20
Albert Finney was born on 16 June and baptised on 25 July 1897 at St Alban’s Church, Macclesfield, the son of Susannah (nee Clulow) and John Frederick Finney, both silk weavers. In 1901, three-year-old Albert was living at 42 Paradise Street with his parents and siblings Clara (14), Frederick (13), Harold (12), Gladys (10), and Beatrice (4). Another sister, Doris, was born in 1901.
Albert began his education at St John’s Church of England School, attending from 8th October 1900 (aged 3½) until he left to go to Christ Church School on 31 July 1907, by which time he had passed Standard Grade IV.
By 1911, Albert had left school and was employed as an errand boy. He later found employment at the Hovis Mills, Trafford Park.
Albert’s parents later moved to 4 Richmond Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.
Albert enlisted in Macclesfield, joining the Lancashire Fusiliers with service number 5264; his number was later changed to 282331.
Albert’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 26 October 1917:
DIED OF WOUNDS – AN EMPLOYEE OF THE HOVIS COMPANY
Pte A E Finney, Lancashire Fusiliers, son of Mr and Mrs J F Finney, Paradise St, Macclesifeld and now of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, has died from wounds received in action. The following letter has been received from the chaplain:- “Your son was admitted to this clearing station after being most severely wounded in action on the 12th. The very utmost was done to save his life, but… he passed away on the 14th at 5.30am. His wounds were in the thighs… your son received every comfort and the greatest care…”
Pte Finney, who was 20 years of age, was educated at Christ Church day school and also attended the Church. He was employed at the Hovis Mills, Trafford Park, in civil life and prior to that was engaged at the shop of Messrs Shepherd, Mill Street, Macclesfield. Pte Finney responded to the call twelve months ago, and was sent out to France five months after joining the Army. Pte Harold Julian Finney, Army Service Corps, his brother, is in training in England, and expects to go on foreign service shortly.
Private Albert Finney is buried in grave ref. V. B. 9. of Nine Elms British Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. His father asked for the inscription “REST IN PEACE” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Albert Finney, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Albert Finney is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church, Christ Church, Christ Church School, Macclesfield Sunday School and the Macclesfield Ancient Order of Foresters war memorials.
Brother of Harold Julian Finney, who served with the Army Service Corps and survived the war.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Family History Society of Cheshire “Roman Catholics in Macclesfield” CD: Baptism Register
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
British Army Medal Index Cards (Ancestry)
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 26 October 1917, 23 September 1921 (Photo supplement)