Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 8254
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment / Division: Dorsetshire Regiment
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Died: 24th June 1916 aged 26 years
Death Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Life before the War
Albert was born 1890 in Southampton to parents Charles and Alice nee Browning who married in 1879 in Southampton. He had 8 siblings Eva Louise 1880 – 1890, Gertrude Alice 1880 – 1909, Charles 1882, Arthur William 1883 – 1958, Jesse Felix 1887 – 1918, George Henry 1891, Frederick Stanley 1897 and Percy Alfred 1899 – 1948.
In 1891, the family was living at 8 Spear Road, Bevois, Southampton. Charles was a Dock Labourer.
In 1901 they had moved to St Denys and were living at 47 Priory Road. Charles was now a Porter/Dock Labourer. Daughter Gertrude was a Domestic Servant. Sons Charles was a Laundry Carter, Arthur was a Sailor and Jesse’s occupation was given as Gordon Boys Brigade.
They had moved again by 1911 and were living at 40 Somerset Road, Portswood, Southampton. Father Charles was still a Dock Labourer, his son George Henry was also employed as a Dock Labourer. His sons Frederick, was a Telegraph Messenger and Albert was serving with the 2nd Dorset Regiment.
Albert’s brothers’ Military Service
Jesse Felix died 29 May 1918 in France. He had enlisted into the Hampshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion as a Private. Please select the link to his name to read Jesse’s story.
Frederick Stanley joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry on 24th January 1916, initially joining as a Private and promoted to Corporal. He had previously served with the 2/5 Battalion Hampshire Regiment. He gave his father as next of kin living at 40 Somerset Road, Portswood, Southampton. He served at home before being sent to India on 14th March 1916 and served until 24th November 1919.
Percy Alfred is mentioned on the National Roll of the Great War.
Wiltshire, P. A., Gunner, R.F.A. and Private, Gordon Highlanders and Seaforth Highlanders. He joined in September 1917 and after his training was engaged on important defence duties around the coast of Scotland. He rendered valuable services with his unit, but was unsuccessful in obtaining his transfer overseas and was demobilized in February 1920.
40 Somerset Road, Portswood, Southampton.
Albert enlisted in Southampton into the Dorsetshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion as a Lance Corporal, Service Number 8254.
Albert died on 24th June 1916 in Baghdad.
He is Remembered with Honour on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.
National Roll of the Great War
“Wiltshire, A. E., L/Cpl., 2nd Dorsetshire Regt. He enlisted in November 1908 and in August 1914 saw service in India. Later he was drafted to Mesopotamia and took part in the Capture of Basra in November 1914. He also fought in many subsequent engagements including that at Kut-el-Amara, where he was taken prisoner by the Turks. Whilst in captivity he died from dysentery at Baghdad. He was entitled to the 1914 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals. 40 Somerset Road, Portswood, Southampton”.