Albert Winkworth

Date of birth:                     1856
Place of birth:                   Winchester
Date of marriage:            1884
Place of marriage:           Winchester
Service No.:                       24931
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment / Division:      Royal Defence Corps
Company:                            253rd Protection Coy
Died:                                      29 November 1916 aged 60 years
Death Location:                UK

Life before the War
Albert was born in 1856 in Winchester.  In 1884, he married Amelia Bertha, nee Couzens in the Winchester District.  They had nine children:

Albert 1886
William 1887
George Stephen 1890
Lilian Mabel 1891
Alfred Charles 1897 – 1918
Bertha Pretoria 1900
Beatrice Alexandra 1902
Winifred Violet 1904
Dorothy Alice

In 1891 Albert, with his family, were living at 3 St George’s Street, Winchester, Hampshire.  Albert was a Labourer.

By the 1901 census Albert together with his wife and some of his children had moved from Winchester and were living at 52 Kingsley Road, Millbrook, Southampton.  Albert was employed as a Bricklayer’s Labourer.  Their son William was an Inmate at the Wilts Reformatory School.

In 1911 all nine children were living at home with their parents Albert and Amelia.  They were living at 19 Dukes Road, Portswood, Southampton.  Albert senior was working for the Borough Council as a Labourer.  His three eldest sons were all shown as having occupations although all three were unemployed at the time of the census.

Military History of Albert’s Children

    Albert served with the Royal Navy for a period of time, though by the 1911 census he was no longer serving.  In 1901 he was a crew member aboard the Boscowen berthed in Dorset.  In WW1 he enlisted in Southampton on 22nd October 1914, joining the Royal Defence Corps, 5th Hampshire Regiment.  His Service Number was 21688.  He was discharged on 18th June 1916 after serving at home for the whole of his Military History.  He gave his mother as next of kin.

    George Stephen enlisted in Southampton into the Army Service Corps (MT).  He gave his address as 1 Mount Street, Southampton and his occupation was a Motor Driver.  He had previously served for 2 years and 8 months.  He gave his next of kin as Emily Ann, nee Board who he had married on 23 April 1913 in Southampton; details of his two children were also entered on his military records.  He received the British Service and Victory Medals.

    Alfred Charles drowned on 12th June 1918 aged 20 years whilst serving aboard the H.M.S. Narborough.  Please select the link to his name to read Alfred’s story.

    Bertha Pretoria was mentioned in the National Roll of the Great War
“Winkworth, B. P., (Miss), Special War Worker.  This lady volunteered for work of National importance in February 1917 and during the whole period of her service did excellent work for her employers.  She was at first engaged at the British American Factory in soldering tins for conveying tobacco to the troops and later as Order and Ward Maid in the University War Hospital, Southampton, giving complete satisfaction in both places.
19 Dukes Road, St Denys, Southampton.”

War Service
Albert enlisted in Southampton into the Royal Defence Corps, 253rd Protection Coy, as a Private, Service Number 24931.

He died at home on 29 November 1916 aged 60.

He is Remembered with Honour at Holybrook Cemetery, Southampton.

The cemetery has a First World War plot near the main entrance containing most of the 113 graves from this period.  Behind this plot is the Hollybrook Memorial which commemorates by name almost 1,900 servicemen and women of the Commonwealth land and air forces whose graves are not known, many of whom were lost in transports or other vessels torpedoed or mined in home waters.  It also bears the names of those who were lost or buried at sea, or who died at home but whose bodies could not be recovered for burial.

National Roll of the Great War
“Winkworth, A., Private, Royal Defence Corps. He volunteered in February 1915 and was posted to the Royal Defence Corps, being medically unfit for service overseas. He was employed on important duties and did good work with his unit in guarding hospitals in different parts of the country until his death on November 29th 1916 from pneumonia contracted in the course of his duty. 
19 Dukes Road, St Denys, Southampton.”

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