Albert George Mintram

Date of birth:               1896Poppies
Place of Birth                Winchester.Hampshire.
Service No                     29587
Rank                               Private
Regiment/Division      Duke of Edinburgh;s (Wiltshire Regiment)
Battalion                         2nd Battalion.
Died                                31st July 1917 aged 21 years
Death Location             Belgium.

 

 

Life before the War

Albert’s mother, Annie, was born in 1870 in Fawley, Hampshire. It would appear that Albert was born out of wedlock. Annie married George Baker on 18th May 1907.

In 1901, Annie was living in the Village of Fawley working as a Cook Domestic. Her son is not with her and she states she is single.

In the 1901 and 1911census returns, Albert was living with his aunt and uncle, William and Emma Harding, at Hardley, Hythe, near Southampton. By 1911, Albert was working as a Farm Labourer.

 War Service

 

Albert enlisted on the 6th June 1915.

 

Name: Albert George Mintram
Birth Place: Winchester, Hants
Residence: Hythe, Southampton
Death Date: 31 Jul 1917
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Southampton
Rank: Private
Regiment: Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment)
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Number: 29587
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 14886, Hampshire Regiment.

 

Albert is Remembered with Honour on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

 

For his service to his country, Albert was entitled to the 1915 Star, the General Service and Victory Medals. His mother, Annie Baker made an application for her late sons medals. She was living at The Bungalow, Hardley, Hythe, Southampton.

 

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium

 

Menin Gate

Menin Gate

Last Post is played at the Menin Gate Memorial, which was started in 1927 and has been played almost every night since except for a
period in the Second World War when Ypres was occupied by German Forces.

Buglers of the local volunteer Fire Brigade arrive at 7.55 p.m. and stand ready at the eastern entrance of the Menin Gate Memorial.

The Buglers then step into the roadway under the memorial arch and make their way to stand in the centre of the Hall of Memory.

The Buglers stand in a line across the eastern entrance facing towards the town.

At exactly 8pm (20:00 hours – 8 o’clock) Call to Attention by the Buglers. They sound the “Last Post” bugle call. This is followed by a

minute’s silence. If this is not an extended ceremony (see below) the Buglers will then play “Réveille”. The Buglers will march off and

the ceremony is ended. If it is an extended service Members of the Last Post Association will guide visiting individuals and groups who

are laying wreaths when to do so.

Researched by Becky Lonergan  December 2013.

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