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