MUSK, Albert Edward

No.3/9483, Corporal, Albert Edward MUSK
Aged 30

9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Thursday, 28th December 1916

Born in Hargrave in 1886 (2nd qtr Thingoe 4a:698) son of Alfred George and Jane Eliza MUSK (née STURGEON)

1891 census...Aged 4, he was at 2 Maynewater Lane, Bury St.Edmunds with his father Alfred George MUSK [43]farm labourer born Stanningfield; his mother Jane Elza [33] bporn Great Barton; brothers Harryn Thomas [14] far labouer born Stanningfield, William George [8] born Stanningfield and Frank Herbert [4 months] born Bury St.Edmunds. 1901 census...Aged 14, a journeyman carpenter, he was at 1 Rushbrook Lane with his parents, brother William G (iron foundry fitter); sister Edith M [8] born Bury St.Edmunds.

1911 census...Aged 24 a carpenter, he was at 50 Mill Road, Bury St.Edmunds with his parents, brother William (fitter) and sister Edith (domestic servant)

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds before the outbreak of war, or was a Reservist as he qualified for the clasp to the 1914 Star, crossing the Channel on 10th October 1914.

Neither the war diary, nor "Murphy" are forthcoming as to events on 28th December. The diary just says they were in trenched on the line 36c.G.11.b.8.3. to 36c.G.12.d.7.1. (shown in the image below). Albert was one of only 2 of the battalion to die that day and nether has a known grave..

photo Rodney Gibson

Albert Musk is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France panels 37,38

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