BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOURT
IV. B. 6. France
St Thomas' Mission Hall, Green Tye St Thomas' Church Memorial, Perry Green Much Hadham Village Memorial St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross
Born on 29 Oct 1898 in Green Tye, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire and baptised on 8 Jan 1899 in Much Hadham son of George and Alice Mary Springham. In 1911 he was living in Green Tye and working as a house boy.
Enlisted at Hertford and died of wounds in the 56th Casualty Clearing Station in Gezaincourt on the Somme.
Albert is credited on the Much Hadham War Memorial as having won the Military Medal, although he does not appear to have been 'Gazetted' (M.M. awards were named in the London Gazette), nor is he recorded as having that award on the CWGC records. His Medal Roll does not show this award and surviving family members do not have any knowledge of him having received it either. He died on the same day as G. Shed from Green Tye who did receive the M.M. so this may account for any confusion.
Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)