Albert Winwood

Date of birth:                     1889
Place of birth:                    Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Date of marriage:             1912
Place of marriage:            Southampton
Service No.:                       45507
Rank:                                     Sergeant
Regiment / Division:      Royal Field Artillery
Battalion:                             D Battery. 79th Brigade
Died:                                      1st July 1916 aged 29 years
Death Location:                France

Life before the war
Albert was born in Stourbridge, Worcestershire in 1889.  His parents were Samuel and Mary Ann, nee Robinson who married in 1888.  He was the eldest child and had 7 siblings:

Florence May        b. 1890 Stourbridge
Elsie                           b. 1892 Stourbridge
Arthur                       b. 1895 Stourbridge
Joseph William     b. 1896 Barnsley
William                     b. 1899 Barnsley
Ernest                       b. 1901 Ardsley
Herbert                    b. 1902 Ardsley

In 1891 the family were living at Stourbridge Road, Lye, Worcestershire

By 1901 the family had moved to Industry Road, Ardsley, Yorkshire.  Samuel was working with Glass Bottles.

By the 1911 census Samuel was a widower and with several of his children was living at 9 Conway Street, Stairfoot, Barnsley, Yorkshire.  He is working as a Glass House Pot Maker whilst his sons Arthur and Joseph are Bottle Gatherers.

Albert had moved to Southampton and was living at 16 Radcliffe Road, Southampton.  He is shown as a visitor living with the Farley family.  Also living at the address was Ellen Harnett Bessant who was born 1887 in Upavon, Wiltshire.  She was employed as a Domestic Servant.

In 1912 Albert married Ellen Harnett Bessant in Southampton.

Brother Joseph’s War Service
Joseph joined the York and Lancaster Regiment as a Private, service number 44970 giving his address as 7 Oakwell Terrace, Barnsley and his occupation as a Glass Blower.  He gave his father of 33 Field View, Stainworth as next of kin.  Although he attested on 9th December 1915 Joseph was a reserve until 13th August 1917.  Joseph served in France from 21st January 1918 until 21st March 1918 when he went missing, becoming a prisoner of war in Germany from 25th March 1918 until he was repatriated on 9th December 1918 and demobilised on 9th March 1919.  He was awarded the British Service and Victory Medals

War Service
Albert enlisted in Barnsley,Yorkshire. He joined the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery, D Battery, 79th Brigade.  His rank was Sergeant and service number 45507.

He died from his wounds on 1st July 1916 aged 29 in France.

He is Remembered with Honour at the St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France.

Albert was entitled to the 1914 Start, General Service and Victory Medals.

St, Sever Cemetery, Rouen – Memorial 2nd Part M to Z
“Winwood, Serjt. Albert, 45507. “D” Bty. 79th Bde. Royal Field Artillery. 1st Juky 1916. Age 29. Husband of Mrs E. H. Winwood, of 97, Clifford St., Southampton”.

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