Albert Edwin Cliffe, Private 24435, 1st Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action 21st March 1918 in France, aged 27
Son of Henry and Mary Cliffe; husband of Florence Cliffe, of 20 Shaw St, Macclesfield.
Albert was born in 1891 at Broken Cross, Macclesfield, and was educated at Broken Cross School. After leaving school he trained to be a Jacquard card cutter.
Albert married Florence George on 24 August 1917 at Christ Church, Macclesfield; their son, Morris Edwin, was born the following year.
Albert Cliffe enlisted in Blackburn, Lancashire in February 1915 and was drafted to France in May 1916. Private Cliffe’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 12 April 1918:
Unofficial news has reached Mrs Cliffe, 20 Shaw St, Macclesfield, that her husband, Pte Albert Cliffe, East Lancs Regt, was killed in action on March 22nd. He joined the Army in February 1915 and went to France the following May. Pte Cliffe was educated at Broken Cross School and was formerly in the employ of Mr Godwin, Athey Street, Macclesfield. Three brothers are serving, namely:- Pte Frank, Ches Regt (in France); Pte Wilfred Charles, Warwickshire Regt (in Italy); and Pte Frederick William, Army Service Corps (in Salonika).
Private Albert Cliffe is commemorated on Panel Ref. Bay 6 of the Arras Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Albert Cliffe, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private Albert Cliffe is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials, and on the Henbury and Broken Cross war memorial at St Thomas Church, Henbury.
Brother of Frank Cliffe, who served in France with the Cheshire Regiment; Wilfred Charles Cliffe, who served in Italy with the Warwickshire Regiment; and Frederick William Cliffe, who served in Salonika with the Army Service Corps.
Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC): Macclesfield Christ Church CD – Marriage transcriptions
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour (Find My Past)
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 12 April 1918
With thanks to the family of Albert Cliffe for the photograph.