Lance Corporal Albert Thomas Nottingham, aged 29

 

 

The last Stoke Lacy WW1 casualty, Lance Corporal Albert Thomas Nottingham, died one year after the conflict ended.

 

Albert Nottingham was born on 28 October 1891, the eighth child of William and Elizabeth Nottingham, of Hunger Hill, Stoke Lacy. By 1911 Albert Nottingham was living and working as a servant at Munderfield Court, Avenbury. His parents were living at Little Richley, Stoke Lane.

 

Little is known about Albert Nottingham’s war record except that he was in the 6th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers and received the Victory and British medals, which were awarded for service at any time from 1914 to 1918.

 

A clue as to where and when he served is provided by his death certificate. It gives the cause of death as ‘Nephritis (of ?malarial origin).’

 

Albert’s regiment served in Egypt and Gallipoli where Malaria would certainly have been a hazard. His division’s war diary noted that, when at Gallipoli, “due to severe losses from combat disease and harsh weather the division had lost two thirds of its normal establishment.”

 

The inscription on Albert Nottingham’s grave reads: “In loving memory of Corporal Albert Nottingham who died of the effects of the War December 28th 1919 aged 29 years.”

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