Albert Rathbone was listed in the Absent Voter Records for Abbots Langley in Autumn 1918 and Spring 1919. He was initially identified from the Absent Voter Records and was not recorded elsewhere in the Abbots Langley Parish records. In the Absent Voter Records Albert was listed serving with the 386th Battery of the Royal Field Artillery and his address was given at 2 Shaffords Cottages, Abbots Langley.
Albert was born in the autumn of 1893 at Nash Mills, Abbots Langley. He was one of four children born to Charles and Amelia Rathbone. At the time of the 1901 Census the family lived at 2 Shaffords Cottages, Nash Mills, and Charles worked as a Gas Fitter. By the time of the 1911 Census the family still lived at 2 Shaffords Cottages, but Charles was now working as a Mill Hand at a Colour Mills – presumably part of the John Dickinson’s Paper Mills. In 1911 Albert was also employed at a Paper Mill where he also worked as a Mill Hand.
It is not known when Albert enlisted however his Medal Roll indicated that he joined up from the Territorial Army Royal Field Artillery (RFA). It is likely that he would have served with a number of batteries before completing his time with the RFA as a Driver with the 386th Battery.
Albert Rathbone survived the War.