REACH, Albert Edward

No.20757, Private, Albert Edward REACH
Aged 34

1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday, 29th June 1917

Born in 1883 (1st qtr Bury St.Edmunds 4a:666) son of Joseph and Jane REACH (née DRURY)

1891 census...Aged 8, he was at 132 Southgate Street, Bury St.Edmunds with his father Joseph REACH [31] carman; his mother Jane [33] born Great Welnetham; sister Alice [10]; brothers Fred [11], William [6], George [4] and Alfred [2].All except his mother were born in Bury St.Edmunds.

1901 census...Aged 18, a cellarman, he was at 132 Southgate Street still with his parents; sisters Alice, Mary Ann [9], Ethel [7], Violet [4] and Florence [1]; brothers William, George and Alfred.

He married Ada JARMAN [21-1-1884] in Nowton on 30th September 1907, later of 37 Southgate Street, Bury St.Edmunds.

1911 census...Aged 28, he was at the Rushbrook Arms with his father in law David JARMAN [41] traction engine driver born Hartest; mother in law Mary Ann [60] born Hawstead; brother in law Walter JARMAN [29] farm labourer born Great Welnetham; his wife Ada [27] born Great Welnetham. Still at 132 Southgate Street, Bury St.Edmunds were his parents, brothers George (groom) and Alfred (milkman); sisters Violet Louisa Jane [15], Florence May and Ada Christina [7]

His brother Alfred died of wounds in 1918 see here

He attested in Bury St.Edmunds. on 8th December 1915 and was mobilised in Norfolk Regiment on 29th June 1916. He gave his age as 33 years 9 months, married, Foreman in Brewery, living at 37 Southgate Street, Bury St.Edmunds. He was 5 feet 4.75 inches tall, chest 35.5 to 38 inches, weighed 132 lbs. Next of kin his wife Ada. On Army Form 5080 his widow only recorded herself.

He was posted to BEF and went via Folkestone-Boulogne on 24th November 1916, joining 1st Battalion, Norfolks on 8th December 1916 and was killed in action on 28th June 1917

On 28th June 1917, with the 1st Norfolks centre, 1st Cheshire on right and 1st Bedfords on the left, a successful attack was made on Oppy Wood with comparatively light casualties, for the Norfolks: two officers wounded 15 OR killed and 46 wounded.

photo C.W.G.C.

Albert Reach is buried in Roclincourt Military Cemetery, France 2:C:15

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