Albert Brixey

Albert was born in Newtown, Southampton in 1885.  In 1901, Albert was living with his parents and 6 brothers and sisters at 44 Liverpool Street, Southampton. He was 16 years of age and working as an engine cleaner on the railways.

 By 1911 Albert was already serving with the 21st (Empress of India) Lancers, a cavalry regiment stationed at Abbassia Barracks in Cairo, Egypt.
Albert’s Medal Card shows that he first entered the theatre of war in India on 5th September 1915.  The 21st Lancers were one of the few regiments who stayed in India during the war, and in 1915-16 they were fighting on the North-Western Front.
Albert died on 4th May 1916 and he is buried at Nowshera Military Cemetery to the west of the River Indus. It is now situated in the North-West Frontier region of Pakistan.
In March 1917, an article in the Southampton and District Pictorial gave information about the five sons of Mr and Mrs Brixey who were fighting in the war. Albert had died the previous year and had served 13 and a half years with the Lancers.
His younger brother Fred had served with the Wiltshire Regiment and had been recently killed in action. Brothers Charles and Harold were serving with the Hampshire Regiment, and Peter was serving with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

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