Albert Charles Oakley

Name

Albert Charles Oakley

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

16/06/1915
26

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
17973
Bedfordshire Regiment
2nd Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

LE TOURET MEMORIAL
Panel 10 and 11.
France

UK Memorials

St Mary’s Church Bayford & Brickendon Memorial, Bayford
Hoddesdon and Rye Park Town Memorial
St Catherine and St Paul’s Church Memorial, Hoddesdon
Not on the Weston Memorial

Pre War

Born in Warren's Green, Weston, Herts. on 13 Apr 1887 and christened on 29 May 1887, son of Albert and Emily Oakley (nee Swaine). Living in Ducketts Farm Cottage, Mangrove Lane, St John’s, Hertford in 1901. He married Annie Wallace in 1906 in Hertford and they were living at Barbour's Lodge Cottage, Woodhill, Hatfield in 1911 with their four children. He was working as a horseman on a farm. His widow Annie later gave her address as Goose Green, Hoddesdon, Herts.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford, entered France on 8 Jun 1915 and was killed in action at Givenchy.

The battalion had been involved in major actions on the western front during 1915 including Neuve Chapelle in March, Festubert in May and then arrived in the trenches at Givenchy-les-la-Bassee on 14 Jun 1915. There was a fierce assault on the German trenches with close fighting lasting two days. About fifty men were killed or missing after this action.

Additional Information

War gratuity of £3 awarded to widow Annie.

Acknowledgments

Malcom Lennox, Peter Handy, Brenda Palmer