19811, Private, Albert Joseph TILLEY
Aged 19

11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Sunday 26th August 1917

Born in Snailwell in Q2-1898 [Newmarket 3b:522] to Reuben and Ann TILLEY (née WOODHOUSE), of 10 Victoria Villas, Exning.

1901 census...Albert [3] was at 10 Victoria Terrace, Lacey's Lane, Exning with his father Reuben [35] bricklayer's labourer, born Exning, his mother Ann [29] born Snailwell and brother Reuben [1] born Exning.

His father died in 1908.

1911 census...Albert [13] was living at 7 Croft Cottages, Exning Road, Newmarket with his widowed mother, brother Reuben, sisters Alice [9] and Rhoda [5], both born in Exning.

By the time of his death his mother was at 1 Victoria Cottages, All Saints Road, Newmarket.

He died the same day as another Newmarket man also in 11th Battalion, but buried in the Extension to the Hargicourt Communal Cemetery, George Brightwell,

His entry in "Our Exning Heroes" reads:
"Born in Exning in 1898, and educated at Exning School. When war broke out he was working for Messrs. Crumpton and Son. He joined up in 1916, directly he became eighteen, in the Suffolk Regiment, and was in training in England until March 1917. He then went to France, and was on the Somme during the big battles there until he was killed, in August, 1918."

The 11th Suffolks were in the railway cutting to the south west of Fampoux, preparing for the assault on Roeux chemical works on the 28th
They lost 31 men killed on 26th, most were buried in Hargicourt, only 8 have un-identified graves and are named on the Thiepval memorial

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Albert is buried in Hargicourt British Cemetery, France- Ref:I.C.28
also commemorated on the Exning War Memorial
and on the Roll of Honour in St Philip & St Etheldreda's Church, Exning Road.

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