ORBELL, Albert Edward

No.56671, Private, Albert Edward ORBELL
Aged 19

"C" Coy.,18th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in Action on Monday, 30th September 1918

Albert Edward Orbell was born in Stoke by Clare on 7th May 1899 (Risbridge Q2:1899 4A:823), baptised in St John the Baptist, Stoke by Clare on 22nd October 1899, son of Charles and Amelia ORBELL (née CLARKE).

1901 census...Aged 1, he was at Lower Green, Stoke by Clare with his father Charles ORBELL [31] horse man; his mother Amelia [28]; brothers Joseph [7] and Charles W [2 months]; sister Bessie A [5] and Mary [4]. All were born in Stoke by Clare.

Admitted to Stoke by Clare National/Voluntary School in May 1902 and left school 10th May 1912.

1911 census...Aged 11, he was at Clare Road, Stoke by Clare with his parents; brothers Joseph (farm labourer), Arthur [8], Gerald [6] and Alfred [4];sisters Bessie, Mary and Ethel [2 months]. The new siblings born in Stoke by Clare. One of the nine children had died . That was possibly the child registered at birth Charles William, but death registered in 1908 as George William and as William is noted on the school register as deceased.

He enlisted in Sudbury.
He died during the action at Ten-Brielen, just north of Wervik, west of Menin. The war diary has:-
The battalion moved in the early hours of the morning to positions in JEHOVA and KEIL ZILLEBEKE TRENCHES where it remained till about 1 pm when an advance forward was made, the Battalion acting as Brigade advance guard on an advance on WERVICQ which at first was supposed to be in British hands. Proceeding via ZANVOORDE and TENBRIELEN towards AMERICA CABARET opposition was met with which necessitated the Battalion to deploy and engage the enemy on the right flank.
Casualties were 6 officers wounded, 13 OR killed, 63 wounded and 16 missing.

Albert found here 28.Q.7.a.5.2.

photo: Eric Orbell (findagrave.com)

another photo courtesy Philip Orbell

photo: Rodney Gibson

Albert Orbell is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, grave 17:F:3
His original grave, marked by a cross, was just north of Wervik, he was moved to Hooge Crater in July 1919

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