SOUTER, Albert

No.5589, Private, Albert SOUTER
Aged 19

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on 10th April 1915

Albert Souter was born in Chedburgh (4th qtr 1885 Thingoe 4a:658) son of Jonathan and Harriett SOUTER (née CRACK)

1891 census...Aged 5, he was at Bury Road, Chedburgh with his father Jonathan SOUTER [42] domestic gardener; his mother Harriett [37]; brothers Herbert [17] and John [15] both farm labourers, Walter [9], Arthur [7], George [3] and Elijah [1]; sister Caroline [11]. All were born in Chedburgh.

1901 census...Aged 15, a farm labourer, he was still at Bury Road with his parents; brothers Arthur, George, Elijah and Harry [7]; sister Alice [9]. Brother Herbert was in the Army in South Africa

His father died in 1902

1911 census...Aged 25, a farm labourer, he had moved to New Road, Chedburgh with his widowed mother; brothers John, George and Elijah, all labourers.

On the pension card his mother was at Bury Road, Chedburgh.

His brother George died of Disease in 1918 in Belgium see here
and brother Harry died of wounds in 1914 see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds. He was either a regular or reservist to have been in France in August 1914
He was one of two men killed by German rifle grenades that day in M1 at Vierstraat. The 2nd Suffolks were back in billets at Westoutre on 11th April

Strangely, this is the only press article found despite three brothers dying in the conflict

photo CWGC

Albert Souter is buried in Suffolk Cemetery, Vierstraat, Belgium B:2

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