Albert Henry Gilfoy

Date of Birth:           1893.
Place of Birth:
Division:                   Royal Marines.
Battalion:                 2nd
Service No:             16706
Rank:                         Private
Died:                          1919
Death Location:    Great Yarmouth.

Life Before the War
Albert was born in 1893, his parents were Alfred and Kate. Alfred John was born in 1857 in Southampton he died in 1909, Kate (nee Orman) was born in 1862 in Southampton, they were married in 1879.

Albert had  2 brothers William b1880 and Charles b883 he also had 2 sisters Florence b1886 and Jessie b1888.

In the census of 1881 Albert’s parents were living at  51 Melbourne Street.Southampton with 1 child William, his father was working as an engine smith at a factory.

In 1891 the census records the family living at 6 River Street. Southampton with William,Charles,Florence and Jessie.

Albert’s father died in 1909 and his mother remarried Charles Brown in 1910.

In the census of1911 Albert was a newsageant living with his mother and stepfather Charles Brown at 39 Cossack Street.Southampton, he was registered as a boarder.

Military History
Albert died on 11th July 1919  in the Royal Navy Lunatic Hospital Great Yarmouth from tubercular disease of the lungs. He was discharged from the navy and invalided as insane.

He was commemorated by the Commonwealth war Graves in may 2004, he enlisted in Southampton on 22nd January 1913 on HM.S. Irresistible, 13th – 24th July 1914 H.M.S.Columbine Royal Navy Garrison Cromarty. From 30th July 1914- 24th April 1915 he embarked the Royal Marine Brigade, 24th June 1915 – 18th January 1916 to Royal Navy Hospital Great Yarmouth. ME.F.Dardanelles 18th July 1915 – 8th January 1916.,  M.E.F. 9th January 1916 – 11th January 1916. Portsmouth Division 19th January 1916 – 17th June 1917 Discharged Invalided Insanity to address Royal Navy Hospital Great Yarmouth.

He is buried at Southampton Old Cemetary and remembered on the Southampton Memorial Wall . He was awarded The Victory Medal and The British Medal.

Researched by Shaun Connolly June 2014.


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