Brindley, Albert

Albert Brindley, Private 238776, Herefordshire Regiment, attached to 1/4th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action 26th March 1918, aged 37


Brindley-Albert webPark Green BEARLY LIFE

Albert Brindley was born on 16th March 1881, the son of Sarah A Brindley (nee Jackson) and Henry Brindley, a baker, of 25 Saville Street, Macclesfield. Albert attended the Centenary School and he was associated with St Peter’s Church; he was also a member of the Men’s Reading Room.

Albert married a near neighbour, Annie Cox, at St Peters Church, Macclesfield on 25th May 1901. At this time, Albert was a box maker at a soap works and Annie was employed as a silk winder. The couple first lived at Court 2, Gunco Lane, Macclesfield.

By 1911 the family had moved to 42 Bennett Street, Newton Heath, Manchester, where Albert worked as a labourer for a sail cloth manufacturer.

However, the family later moved back to Macclesfield, living in a small two up, two down cottage, with lighting provided by oil lamps and cooking over a fire.

Albert and Annie had a total of eleven children – Annie (1901), Arthur (1902), Lily (1904), May (1907), Elizabeth (1909), Ethel (1910), William (1911), Harry (1913), Jack and Mary (1914), Thomas (1917), the last child being born six weeks before Albert enlisted.



When he enlisted in May 1917 in Macclesfield, Albert was employed at London Road Station, Manchester. After completing his training, Albert was drafted with the British Expeditionary Force to France on 6 December 1917.

Albert was reported missing on 23rd March 1918 and officially recorded as having died on 26th March 1918. His wife Annie was living at 7 Dean Street, Macclesfield, when she received the letter informing her of her husband’s death.

Private Brindley’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 19 April 1918:

KILLED – Mrs Brindley, 7 Dean St, Macclesfield, has been officially notified that her husband, Pte Albert Brindley, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, was killed in France between the 23rd and 26th March. He leaves nine children, the eldest being 16 years of age and the youngest twelve months. Pte Brindley was 37 years of age and attended Centenary School. He was associated with St Peter’s Church and was a member of the Men’s Reading Room. Pte Brindley was formerly employed at London Rd Station, Manchester; he enlisted eleven months ago and was drafted out to France on December 6th.

Pte Brindley was a well-known local swimmer and won the Borough Competition on two occasions.

Mrs Brindley had previously lost a brother, Lance-Corpl Arthur Cox, Ches Regt, who was killed about six months ago. She has two other brothers in the Northumberland Fusiliers – Ptes Thomas William and Albert Cox. Both have been wounded. Three brothers-in-law are in France. Three nephews are serving – Pte Albert Bailey (taken prisoner at Gaza); Pte Chas Bailey (in Egypt); and Pte James Bailey (France).



Private Albert Brindley has no known grave and he is commemorated on Bay 10 of the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Albert Brindley, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Albert Brindley is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and St Peter’s Church war memorials.

The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In loving remembrance of my dear husband, Private A. Brindley.”



Albert’s son, Harry Brindley, was killed in Burma during WW2 on 29th March 1944 at the age of 30 and is also commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green Memorial.

Thanks to Maureen, great-granddaughter of Albert Brindley, for her assistance in compiling this information.



GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Census (England & Wales): 1881, 1901, 1911
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 19 April 1918
Macclesfield Courier: 24 September 1921
Information supplied by Maureen, great-granddaughter of Albert Brindley.


Brindley, Albert — 2 Comments

  1. Albert Brindley. Since Harry Carlisle published his book information has been added to the Albert Brindley page. Your mention of a swimming competition brought up a conversation between two family members. We have now located a medal for ornamental swimming for Albert. It appears to be 9ct gold. What is ornamental swimming, and from where was this information found? Was it from a local newspaper? We have posted this medal on Macclesfield Memories, but had no response.
    Thank you

  2. Ornamental swimming was the fore-runner of synchronised swimming. Using Google, I found a book, “A Social History of Swimming in England, 1800-1918,” which states:

    “The modern form of synchronised swimming that we know today is a product of developments in North America during the 1920s and 1930s. The origins, however, can be traced to nineteenth-century England. Originally, synchronised swimming was known as ‘graceful swimming’, ‘ornamental swimming’ or ‘scientific swimming,’ and its practitioners were exclusively male…. Some typical activities would include staying in one spot without sinking (treading water), moving while floating (sculling), somersaults in the water, smoking while swimming, smoking underwater (!) and so on…. the parlour-trick aspects of scientific swimming, such as eating while swimming or underwater were included to impress audiences at swimming galas….
    The activity was seen as being a less strenuous one for middle-aged males.
    Over time, this reputation as a less strenuous activity made scientific swimming an obvious activity for women… By 1900 women could be seen providing the entertainments at swimming club galas…”