CORNISH, Albert Lawrence

No.18056, Sergeant, Albert CORNISH
Aged 27

7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment
formerly 2148, Suffolk Yeomanry
Killed in Action on 18th November 1916

Albert Lawrence Cornish was born in Rushbrooke (4th qtr 1888 Thingoe 4a:673), son Albert and Martha Edith CORNISH (née CRACK)

1891 census...Aged 2, He was at Rushbrooke with his father Albert CORNISH [34] carpenter born Rougham; his mother Martha [31]; brothers Arthur L.C [9] and Bertram C [6]; sisters Ivy I M 8] and Annie G C [4]. All except his father were born in Rushbrooke.

1901 census...Aged 12, still in Rushbrooke with his parents; brother Bertram [16] assistant gamekeeper, Percival M [10] and Leonard L [8]; sisters Annie G [14], Alice M [5] and Helena M G [3]

1911 census...Aged 22, a warrener, he was at 19 Rushbrooke with his parents and sister Maud (Helena)

He married Ethel May STOREY [16-1-1890] in 1912

On the pension card his widow was at 2 Finbury Square, Bury St.Edmunds

His brother Lionel was killed in 1918 in the Machine Gun Corps see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds
They were about to attack DESIRE TRENCH, from R.16.d.45.80 to R.16 c.6.6., an operation that had been delayed by 3 days. The war diary, appendix 17, details are comprehensive, here is a summary
, They were formed up in Regina Trench, with 7th Buffs on the left and 8th East Surrey on right. By zero -5 they were clear of Regina trench. Our barrage started on time, but not very heavy and one battery on the right of the Buffs was firing zero 2 minutes the enemy opened a barrage and it weas no longer possible to see from Regina Trench. All wires were cut but messages were relayed via 7th Buffs in Hessian Trench who said their left flank was in the air and the enemy was bombing and sniping from both CROSS and DESIRE trenches. Our left company lost direction and went too far NW and missed the barrage but failed to gain its objective. They came under heavy rifle and machine gun fire which prevented movement and some were taken prisoner.
4 Platoon then obtained extra grenades and carried out a bombing attack along DESIRE TRENCH, most successful, inflicting many casualties on the enemy.

Having gained Desire trench and further north, a strong point at 66 caused problems, so a raid was laid on to neutralise it

Albert Cornish is buried in Stump Road Cemetery, Grandcourt, France C:60

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