204372, Private, Albert Edward LANGLEY
Aged 30

12th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
formerly # 203588 3rd/5th Bedfordshire Regiment
Killed in Action on Thursday 20th September 1917

Born in Newmarket in Q2-1887 [Newmarket 3b:503] to Samuel and Margaret LANGLEY (née ARNOLD) of 1 Parkside Cottages, Park Lane, Newmarket.

1891 census...Albert [4] was at 1 Parkside Cottages, Park Lane, Newmarket with his father Samuel [41], a stableman born Fordham; his mother Maragaret [31], born Fordham; sisters Ellen [9] born Fordham and Alice [2] born Newmarket.

1901 census...Albert [14] a grocers assistant, was at Melton Cottages, Green Road, Newmarket, with his parents; sisters Elsie "Alice"[12]; Annie [9]; Jessie [6]; Dorothy [6] and brother Fred [4]. All the new siblings were born in Newmarket.

1911 census...Albert [24] was a baker, living at Melrose House, All Saints Road, Newmarket, with his parents, sisters Jessie and Dorothy and brother Fred.

His parents later moved to Erskine Cottage, Queens Street, Newmarket.

He married Alice Mildred CLAYTON at All Saints, Kings Lynn on 28th November 1915 and they lived initially in Kirby Street, King's Lynn, then 47 South Everard St, King's Lynn. His widow sometime was living at 58 Bloomfield Terrace, Newton Road, Ipswich.

Albert had played football for Newmarket Town F.C., his photo (courtesy Sandra Hockley) here is from that team in 1913-14. Fred Collier, front row, 2nd left, was also killed in WW1.C

Newmarket Town FC 1913-1914

At the time of his enlistment (initially into the Bedfordshire Regiment) in Norwich, he was living in Kings Lynn at 15 Kirby Street. He gave his age as 29 yrs 10 mths, on 29th January 1917 on mobilisation. He was 5' 4 1/4" (163.2 cm) tall, weighing 117 lbs (53.2 kg), a baker by profession. His records have him alternating as Edward Albert LANGLEY. He went to France on 21st June 1917. Unfortunately the rest of his army record appears not to have survived.
On the presumed day of his death the 12th East Surreys were involved in the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge began that day, the 12th East Surrey's losing 8 killed,only two have known graves, the other 6 are named on the Tyne Cot Memorial. The bulk of their casualties appear to be on the 2nd day, the 21st when 47 died.

No known grave - Albert is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium- Ref:panels 79-80 and 163A
and also on the Roll of Honour of All Saints School, Newmarket, and his parent's gravestone in Newmarket

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