Albert William Wells

Memorial: Longwell Green, United Church

Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment

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

Rank and number: Corporal 9637

Parents: William George and Ellen Wells

Home address: Shellards Road, Longwell Green, Willsbridge

Pre-war occupation: General Labourer

Date of birth: 15/01/1893

Place of birth: Oldland, Bristol

Date of death: 22/08/1916

Buried/Commemorated at: : Buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Commemorated on Longwell Green Memorial.

Age: 23

Further information:

Albert was born at Oldland, the son of a general labourer.

Albert's 1st battalion was mobilised to France in August 1914 where it took part in the Battle and Retreat from Mons and the Battles of Ypres and Loos. By 1915 Albert had been promoted to Lance Corporal when between 19th - 21st April 1915 he was admitted to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station with wounds to his face. He was discharged back to duty and later awarded a wound stripe. Albert was subsequently promoted to Corporal and was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme (1 July 1916 – 18 November 1916) which resulted in a minor territorial gain for the allies but at a cost of 620,000 casualties. Albert was reburied at Longueval after the Armistice when men were brought in from smaller cemeteries, and the battlefields of the Somme.
Note: CWGC incorrectly refer to Albert as Albert George (same military number and date of death).

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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