Albert Edward Fawkner, Private 315477, 23rd Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 16th May 1918 at Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot, aged 36
Son of Edward Fawkner; husband of Elizabeth Fawkner, of 112, Newton St, Macclesfield.
Albert married Elizabeth Stubbs in Macclesfield in 1907, and in 1911 the couple lived at 112 Newton Street. They had three daughters: Lily, born in 1911, and twins Marjorie and May, born just ten days before the death of their father.
Albert Fawkner’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 24 May 1918:
Another local soldier who has given his life in the service of King and Country is Pte Edward Fawkner, Ches Regt, of 112 Newton St. Pte Fawkner, who was 36 years of age, enlisted in December 1914 and volunteered several times for service overseas, but his health prevented his taking part in active service. A fortnight ago he had an epileptic seizure which caused paralysis of the right arm and leg. Pneumonia set in and he died on May 16th. Prior to enlistment he was well-known as a runner, and was a member of the Macclesfield Harriers. He was also keenly interested in the work of the St John Ambulance, and was also a regular attender at the Men’s class of the Congregational Church. He was educated at Daybrook Street School, and leaves a wife and three children to mourn their loss. The body was conveyed to Macclesfield by rail on Sunday [19th May], and the funeral took place, with military honours, at the Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon [21st May]. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack, and on the top were placed a cap and side arms. The breastplate bore the inscription “Pte A E Fawkner, died 10th [sic] May 1918, aged 36 years.” The Rev W E Ireland officiated at the graveside, and three volleys were fired by a party from the local detachment of the Volunteer Regt under Sergeant-Major H Heath. Scout A Parker also sounded the “Last Post.” The mourners were Mr Fawkner (father), Miss Lily Fawkner, Mrs Benson, Mrs Jackson (sisters), Mr and Miss Stubbs (father-in-law and sister-in-law), Mr and Mrs Jackson, Mr and Mrs Benson, Mr and Mrs Bennison (uncle and aunt), Mr and Mrs Weatherman, Mrs Moores, Mr W Hodkinson, and Mr J Hodkinson. Many beautiful floral tributes were received.
Albert’s death was also reported in the Macclesfield Courier the following day:
PRIVATE A E FAWKNER – Private Albert Edward Fawkner, whose wife and two children reside at 112, Newton St, the son of Mr E Fawkner, of 106 Mill St, died in hospital at Norwich as the result of a stroke, followed by paralysis on May 16th. Private Fawkner enlisted in December 1914, but was never sent to the front, although he volunteered to go… He formerly attended the Park Green Congregational Chapel, and was employed at Messrs Cartwright and Sheldon’s…
Private Albert Fawkner is buried at Macclesfield Cemetery, in grave ref. X. 15794. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Albert Fawkner, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Census (England & Wales): 1911
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 24 May 1918
Macclesfield Courier: 25 May 1918