Albert Victor Wing

Date of birth:                     1901
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Rank:                                     Cook
Regiment / Division:      Mercantile Marine
Ship:                                      H.M. Drifter “Dan O’Connell”
Died:                                      4th November 1918 aged 17 years
Death Location:                At Sea

Life before the War
Albert was born 1901 Southampton to parents George Henry and Alice Mary, nee Brewer , who were married 1896 in Southampton.  Albert had six brothers:

Harry George 1896
Felix 1898
Archibald Edward 1902
Stanley Edwin 1904
Wilfred 1907
Benjamin Septimus 1909

In the 1911 census Albert, with his parents and brothers, was living at St Patrick’s, Wilton Road, Shirley, Southampton.  His father was employed as a Plasterer.

Albert’s eldest two brothers also served in World War 1:

Harry – when he enlisted Harry’s occupation was Ships Steward.  He gave his address as St Patrick’s, Wilton Road, Shirley, Southampton.  He gave his father as next of kin, same address.  Between the 4th April 1916 and 31 May 1917 Albert served at home.  On 1 June 1917 he was sent on the British Expeditionary Force.

Harry was mentioned in the National Roll of the Great War.
“Wing, H., Private, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey regiment). Joining in February 1916, he was soon drafted to France where he was engaged with his unit in several important fighting areas. Later, being transferred to the Royal Army Medical corps, he proceeded to Egypt and rendered good service in the care of sick and wounded before returning home for demobilization in December 1919.  He holds the General Service and Victory Medals.
61 Wilton Road, Shirley, Southampton”.

Felix – his occupation before the war was Machinist. He enlisted on 11th December 1916 in Southampton joining the Grenadier Guards as a Private. He was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals. He gave his father as next of kin living at St Patrick’s, Wilton Road, Shirley, Southampton. His was discharged on 31st March 1920 after serving 3 years and 111 days.

Felix is also mentioned in the National Roll of the Great War.
“Wing, F., Private, Grenadier Guards. He joined in December 1916 and after a short period of training was drfted to the Western Front, where he took an important part with his unit in much heavy fighting, including the Battle of Arras. He rendered excellent services and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.
61 Wilton Road, Shirley Southampton”.

War Service

Albert was crew member of the Mercantile Marine.  He served aboard the H.M. Drifter “Dan O’Connell” as a Cook.

He died on 4 November 1918 and is Remembered with Honour at Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France.

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