Richmond WW1 Diary 7 October 1916

Deaths of George Turner, Edward Hart, & Frederick Law, three of The Alberts dead

In a dark day for The Alberts, three more young men died on 7 October 1916, killed in the fighting around the Somme.

Private George Turner, of Houblon Road, was just 18 when he was killed. It is possible that he lied about his age when he signed up, and that the authorities turned a blind eye, given that there would have been a couple of months training before he left England. He served in the 7th Battalion, London Regiment (City of London).

Edward James Hart, of Princes Road, was 20 when he was killed. He served as a Private in the 1st Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment.

Frederick William Law was a Rifleman in the London Regiment Post Office Rifles. On the 1911 census his job was listed as gardener but perhaps by 1914 he had begun work for the post office.

He was 30 years old when he was killed in the Battle of Le Transloy, part of the Somme Offensive. He left a wife, Alice, who lived with their six year-old daughter at 10 York Road.

All three men are buried in the Warlencourt British Cemetery.

The document below, available through the Commonwealth War Grave Commission , details the ordering of Frederick’s grave marker after the war. It lists comrades from his regiment who died alongside Fred, as well as soldiers whose names and regiments will never be known.

Typed form listing the names, regiments, and dates of death of men to be engraved on headstones

Before the British Commonwealth of Nations was formed in 1949, the CWGC was known as the Imperial War Graves Commission.

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