Albert Frederick Horton

Date of birth: 25th July 1890
Place of birth: Southsea, Portsmouth
Regiment: Gloucestershire
Battalion: 2/6th (T.F)
Rank / Service No: Lance Corporal, 267045
Died: 2nd December 1917, aged 27 years
Commemorated: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France

 

Albert was the fourth of 5 siblings born to Jesse and Ella Emily J. Horton (nee Phillips), who married in Guildford in 1883.

 

Ella was born in Sandown on the I.o.W in 1860 and she was only 49 years old when she passed away in Southampton in 1909.

Jesse was born in Chatham, Kent in 1862. After Ella’s death, he married either Amelia Brown or Edith Smith in Southampton in 1911.

 

At the 1911 Census, Jesse and Albert were lodging with the Brook family at 64 Clovelly Road, St. Mary’s.

 

Jesse died in Southampton in 1935.

 

Siblings

Harry Daniel   b. 1884 Guildford   d. 1952 Southampton

William George E.   b. 1885 Southsea   d. 1905 Southampton

Ella Kate Victoria   b. 1887 Southsea   d. 1966 Southampton   Married Frederick William Billing in Southampton in 1908.

Albert Frederick 

Jesse Reuben   b. 6 December 1891 Southsea   d. 1954 Southampton   Married Emmeline F. Short in Southampton in 1914.

 

Albert married Ethel May Kearslake in Southampton in 1913, and the couple had one daughter….

 

Edna May   b. 1914 Isle of Wight   d. 2001 Winchester   Married Gilbert D. Batten in Southampton in 1934.

 

Ethel was born in Portswood on 12 June 1892 and, after Albert’s death, she married Archibald McInnes in Southampton in 1921.

 

She passed away in Southampton in 1982, aged 90 years.

 

 

The 2/6th Battalion landed in France on 24 May 1916, as part of the 183rd Brigade in the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division.

 

The battalion was decimated at Fromelles on 19 July 1916, when it was part of a subsidiary attack to the much larger battle taking place further south on the Somme.

 

Such were the losses, the battalion remained in rear trenches until March 1917.

The Division captured Chaulnes and Bapaume on 17 March 1917 and took part in the Battle of Langemarck in the August of that year.

 

The 61st Division was initially held in reserve during the Cambrai Operations but was called forward when the enemy made a determined counter-attack on the 30 November, in the area of La Vacquerie.

 

It took much hard fighting to repel the attack and it was almost certainly during this action that Albert lost his life.

 

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 30th September 2016
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