Albert Edward Manners

Date of birth:               9th November 1880Poppies
Place of birth:             Burghfield, Reading, Berkshire
Service No.:                 431801
Rank:                               Sergeant
Regiment / Division: Labour Corps
Died:                                10th July 1918 aged 38 years
Death Location:          England

Life before the War

Albert was born on 9th November 1880 in Reading Berkshire. Albert’s father, George, was born in 1848 Burghfield, Berkshire.

His mother was Eliza nee Paine  was born in Iden, Sussex in 1850. She died on 27th September 1917.  George and Eliza married in 1871 Kingston, Surrey.

George died in 1923.  there was a Probate:

“Manners George of Bridge Farm Lovington Castle Cary Somersetshire died 9 November 1923. Probate London 8 December 1923 to Elizabeth Fanny Manners (daughter) spinster. Effects £395 15s 11d”

Alberts siblings were:

Elizabeth Fanny b.1871. On her death, Elizabeth left a Probate:

“Manners Elizabeth Fanny of Burghfield Sonning Common Oxfordshire spinster died 5 March 1946 at 78 West Street Henley on Thames Oxfordshire. Probate London 21 June 1946 to Alice Mary Allum (wife of Charles Allum). Effects £3956 8s 7d”

Ellen b.1872
Emily b.21st June 1874, married in 1893, died 14th June 1942
Eliza Edith b.1875, married William Stephen Waller 1904
George William b.29th May 1877
Frederick Henry b.1879 married 1907
Ernest b.19th March 1882 died 13th April 1914
Florence Lydia b.1884
Annie b.22nd April1885, married Arthur Hobbs on16th November 1917 at St. Nicholas Church, Plumstead, London , died 3rd March 1968
Alice Mary b.1892

In both the 1881 and 1891 census, the family lived at Burghfield Hill, Burghfield, Berkshire. His father George was employed as a Domestic Coachman. In the census of 1891, George junior was employed as a Under Gardener Domestic Servant. Elizabeth had moved to London and was one of 11 servants employed by Albert Tull, a Justice of the Peace. Emily was a servant for Henry Raleigh Knight, a captain in the Buffs Regiment.

The 1901 census shows Albert’s parents and 3 of his siblings were still living at Burghfield. George now has his own business as a Master Stable Hand and Ernest is a Carpenter.

In he 1911 census, some of the Manners family were still living at Burghfield. George still has his own business as a Cab Proprietor, Elizabeth was working as a District Nurse, George junior was employed by a Lead Works as a Foreman and Ernest was a Carpenter.

Unable to find Albert in either the 1901 and 1911 census, but may have been posted abroad with the Army.

War Service
Albert served with the 17th Lancers as a Corporal. He was awarded the Clasps for the Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal.

Name: Albert Edward Manners
Birth Place: Burfield, Reading, Berks
Residence: Burfield
Death Date: 10 Jul 1918
Death Location: Home
Enlistment Location: London
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Labour Corps
Number: 431801
Type of Casualty: Died
Theatre of War: Home
Comments: Formerly 4314, 17Th Lancers.

National Roll of the Great War

“Manners, A.E., Sergt., 17th (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) Lancers

He was mobilized in August 1914 and sent to France with the original Expeditionary Force. He served with distinction in the Retreat of Mons and the Battles of Ypres, the Somme and Delville Wood, among other important engagements. He was wounded in action and invalided home in December 1917. On his recovery he saw service in Ireland, and there met his death in July 1918. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

25, Lower York Street, Northam, Southampton”

Albert is Remembered with Honour at the Belfast City Cemetery, County Antrim, Ireland on Screen Wall H. 538. He is also remembered on the Burghfield War Memorial.

Albert Edward Manners

Albert Manners

Belfast City Cemetary. County Antrim.Ireland

Belfast City Cemetary County Antrim Ireland

Researched by Becky Lonergan December 2013.

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