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Person Details

KING, Albert Edward

Memorials

Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Place of birth: Cookham
Gender: Male
Date of death: 10/11/1914
Place of death: Zonnebeke, Westhoek, Belgium
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 26
CWGC Ref: 1617578
TWGPP Ref: 3725005
Address: 4 Gutteridge Street Hillingdon Heath, Middx
Address: East Street North Town Maidenhead
Address: 5 North Town Court Maidenhead
Address: Hamfield House Cookham Rise
Address: 1st Bn Royal Berks Reg Western Heights Dover

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number: 8619

Relatives

Father George Henry KING
Brother Victor James KING (DIED 16.4.1918)
Mother Martha KING
Sister Clara M KING
Brother George H KING
Brother Charles William KING
Brother William Loveday KING
Brother Victor James KING
Sister Florence L KING

Additional information

Albert King was the third of the seven children of George Henry King of Little Marlow and his wife Maria or Martha. It seems the family initially lived in Cookham Dean, where their eldest child, Clara, was born. Their second child and eldest son George was born in Maidenhead in 1888, and the 1891 census has the family living in East Street, North Town, Maidenhead, with Albert born in 1889. Victor was the youngest son, born in 1902, with Charles, William, Florence and another son bringing the total to eight. All six boys went on to join the services - four boys in the Navy and two serving in the Army. Their father George started as a general labourer but by 1911, he is shown as a dairyman and milkman. By that date Albert had already left home and enlisted as a soldier in Hounslow. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives Albert's next of kin as G.H. King and living at the time in Hillingdon Heath. If this is correct it appears that George moved out of Cookham for a time (possibly with members of the family) as Albert enlisted as a reservist at Hounslow, not far from Hillingdon.
Before the War Albert had become a Reservist with the 1st Battalion, the Royal Berkshire Regiment, at Western Heights, Dover. When War started the Battalion went to Rouen in August and saw action in the early battles as the Germans pushed rapidly through the British and French defences, eventually to be pushed back at the River Aisne. On 7th November the battalion was sent up to occupy trenches near Zonnebeke. The Regimental Report on the day of Albert's death, 10th November, notes that Capt Chichester's Company was " fairly heavily shelled early in the day". Albert's name is recorded on the Menin Gate, Panel 45., Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium. The CWGC page incorrectly gives his age as 36, not 26.

Resources

The diaries provide a log of the events when Albert died.
Summary: Menin Gate

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