MALYON, Albert

No.16142, Private, Albert MALYON
Aged 41

1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Saturday, 8th May 1915

Albert MALYON was born in Helions Bumpstead (Risbridge Q4-1874 4A:442), son of Ellen MALYON.
His mother married Frederick TILBROOK (Risbridge Q3-1875 4A:621)

1881 census...Aged 6, Albert MALYON was at Parsonage, Helions Bumpstead with his stepfather Frederick TILBROOK [23] farm labourer; his mother Ellen [24] born Althorne, Essex; half sister Sarah Ann TILBROOK [4] and Amelia G.TILBROOK [2]. All except his mother were born in Helions Bumpstead.

1891 census...Aged 16, Albert TILBROOK a farm labourer, was at Crooks End, with his parents, half sisters Sarah, Amelia and Alice [7 weeks]; half brothers George [7] and John[5]. All now recorded as born in Helions Bumpstead.

He married Mary Ann CALLOW [30-6-1874(Risbridge Q3-1896 4A:1185). There it seems her husband was MAYLOR, apparently a transcription error, but Albert did change his name more than once.

1901 census...Aged 25, a builder's labourer, he was at 9 Camps Road, Haverhill with his wife Mary A [25] hair weaver born Kedington, and their daughter Florence M [1] born Haverhill.

1911 census...Aged 36, he has now become Alfred MAYLON (labourer) at 2 Peas Hill, Haverhill with his wife Mary Ann (hairweaver) and their daughters Florence Maud and Ida Lily [3-10-1903]; son Albert Ernest [26-3-1905] born Haverhill. Mary Ann had borne 5 children but 2 had died, children who had died in infancy, Albert William in 1898 aged seven months, and Elsie Gladys in 1907 aged one year.

Another daughter, Ethel Phyllis was born on 19-9-1911.

The South West Suffolk Echo of 28th August 1915 reported that:-
"Last week we announced the fact that Pte. A. Malyon, of 3, Peas Hill, had been killed in action. The official notification received by Mrs. M.A. Malyon of that death occurred at Poelcapelle on 8th. May 1915. He was killed in action and was buried at the place named."

He enlisted in Haverhill. (Soldier's Died incorrectly has him born in Haverhill)
The war diary for 8th May 1915 is far too long for here. The Battle for the Frenzenberg Ridge will remain long in the history of the Suffolk Regiment. One of their bloodiest encounters of the war at that stage, the battalion had been warned they were expected to hold at all costs. The artillery barrage unleashed on them was the worst they had encountered, all communication for up to two miles behind their line was cut, the only route to them was through Ypres itself, and enduring the artillery barrage. The enemy succeeded in breaching the right flank and before mid day the battalion was over come. They had suffered 21 Officer casualties and 434 Other Ranks were either dead, wounded and missing, or just missing. That is about half the fighting strength of a battalion.

CWGC have the dead on the 8th as 95, only one has an identified grave.

Albert's Memorial plaque, the "Dead man's Penny"

Albert Malyon is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres, panel 21

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