Albert Sydney Britton

Memorial: Kingswood - Holy Trinity Church

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Silver War Badge, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Gunner 59794

Parents: Samuel and Elizabeth Britton

Marital status: Married

Home address: Home address: Blackhorse Road, Kingswood, Bristol. Lived: 37 Frogmore Street, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Arsenal Labourer

Date of birth: 1892

Place of birth: Bitton, Bristol

Date of death: 12/08/1917

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Kandahar Farm Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium and commemorated on Kingswood Holy Trinity Memorial

Age: 25

Further information:

Albert was born in Bitton, the son of a labourer and the eldest of five children with one sister and three brothers. In 1914 he was working as a collier at Hanham colliery and married Florence May Hope that year. Towards the end of 1914 they had their first child and a second one was born in 1916. The children were aged three and one respectively when Albert died.

At the outbreak of war, Albert changed occupation and was working in arms production until he was called up in October 1915. He enlisted in the 80th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery and at the time of his enlistment he was described as 5’ 11¼“ with a good physique. Albert was posted with the British Expeditionary Force to France in April 1916 and was killed in action during The Hundred Days Offensive (8 Aug 1918 – 11 Nov 1918). This engagement resulted in a decisive allied victory and led to the end of the First World War. However, the number of allied casualties was an astounding 1,070,000. Albert is buried in a village which lay close to the frontline in Flanders.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
Kingswood Heritage Museum