Our People - Albert Watson
10373 Private Albert Watson
1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment - 2nd Brigade, 1st Division
Killed in Action 14 September 1914
La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.
Lostock Hall - South Ribble Civic WW1 Memorial
1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
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Albert Watson was born 12 May 1884 in Chorley to George and Eliza Watson (nee Fox) and was baptized the following day at St.James, Chorley. George was a collier born at Mawdesley about 1833 and Ellen was born at Euxton about 1835. The couple lived at 175 Brooke Street. In 1891 they were living at 8 Crosse-Hall Lane, Chorley with Albert who was 6 and a scholar.
In 1901, Albert was living with his elder sister Ann and her husband John Robert Livesey at 17 Frederick Street, Chorley together with their daughter Elsie (7). He was working as a creeler in a cotton spinning mill. The fact he was living with his sister may indicate that his parents had died.
Albert was still with Ann and John Robert Livesey in 1911 at 168a Brook Street, Chorley. He was working as a labourer at a local wagon works. By the time war broke out in 1914, he was living in Leyland.
Little is known of Albert's military career, other than he disembarked with his battalion 12 August 1914 and was killed at the Battle of the Aisne, 14 September 1914. A War Gratuity of £5 0s 0d and credits of £9 4s 1d were issued after his death, but the names of the recipients are missing. No War diary exists for the Battalion for the 14th September 1914. The diary excerpts below are in the place of them. The author is an unknown Lieutenant and there is no entry for the 14th - therefore I have included the entries for the 13th and the 15th as the 14th is probably lost in his narrative between the two dates.
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Edited 29 December 2016
1891 Census of England via Ancestry.co.uk / 1901 Census of England via Ancestry.co.uk / 1911 Census of England via Ancestry.co.uk / UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / Commonwealth War Graves. / Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911 via Ancestry.co.uk / UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 via Ancestry.co.uk / UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 via Ancestry.co.uk / Lancashire BMD / Original work by William Waring, Leyland Historical Society / Diary of a Second Lieutenant - 1st Battalion, The Loyal Regiment