MURTON, Albert Edward

No.29797, Guardsman, Albert Edward MURTON
Aged 19

3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Killed in Action on Saturday, 27th April 1918

Albert Edward Murton was born on 5th March 1899 in Kilburn, London (Hampstead Q2-1899 1A:623) , son of Albert Jackson (born Chilton Suffolk 1875) and Ellen Jane MURTON (née TURNER), born Little Wratting 1877, married 1898. His mother died soon after his birth and he was brought up by his grandparents.

1901 census...Aged 2, he was at Hill Farm, Little Wratting with his grandfather Thomas TURNER [52] farm labourer born Little Wratting, his grandmother Ann [50] born Lavenham; uncle Albert TURNER [17] farm labourer, born Little Wratting. His father remained in Hampstead, continuing to work as a Brewers Drayman, like his brother.

1911 census...Aged 12, he was still at Hill Farm, Little Wratting with his widowed grandmother and uncle Albert TURNER

His sole legatee was his grandmother Ann Turner. His parents have not been identified in any census, but on CWGC records they lived in Little Wratting

He enlisted in Sudbury.
The 3rd Battalion were billeted for 10 days in April 1918 at Larbret and returned to the front line on 25th April in the AYETTE sector, where they relieved the 11th Border Regiment. On 27th they were subjected to heavy shelling, killing 6 and wounding 6.
Albert was buried in Bienvillers, the other 5 were buried just north of Douchy and re buried in Douchy-les-Ayette British Cemetery.

plaque in Haverhill St Mary's church

photo - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Albert Murton is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery, grave 17:C:13
and also commemorated on the plaque in St Mary's church, Haverhill

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