Albert was born in Winchester and was the third of the five sons of Ernest and Annie Blake. In 1911 the family were living at 81 Kingsley Road in Shirley, Southampton. Albert was 14 years old and working as a grocer’s assistant.
He joined the Rifle Brigade in October 1914 and landed at Le Havre with the 2nd Battalion on 6th November 1914. Albert is buried at Y (or Wye) Farm Military Cemetery which means he would have been fighting in the Armentieres area in northern France.
Three of Ernest and Annie’s children were killed in action during the war. Albert died on 13th July 1915. He was 19 years of age and he died about 3 weeks after his older brother Ernest, who was also serving with the Rifle Brigade. Their younger brother Percival died two years later in October 1917.