ALBERT HANSON

Private 16/1490, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Died 1st July 1916 aged 38

No Known Grave Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Husband of Elizabeth Ann Hanson

Lived 114, Brighton Street, Heckmondwike


Albert was born in Ardsley near Barnsley on 17th November 1877.  He was, however, baptised at Hartshead Church on 4th April 1878.  He was the fifth son of Henry and Julia Ann Hanson.  Henry was from Roberttown but went to work in the Barnsley area where his wife Julia Ann had been born. Their first three children were born in Roberttown and the rest (nine children in all) were born in the Barnsley area.  Albert worked as a Glass Worker in Barnsley.  Albert’s father Henry died in 1893 but his mother Julia stayed in the Barnsley area with her two youngest sons.

In 1911 Albert was living with his wife Elizabeth Ann Kelly and four children in Dinnington near Rotherham.

Albert returned to the Spen Valley and was living in Brighton Street.  He was employed by Messrs Jackson of Lime Street, Cleckheaton as a Teamer.  He enlisted in June 1915 into the West Yorkshire Regiment, Prince of Wales's Own, and spent 3 months in Egypt before going to France.

Albert was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.  His name is also commemorated on St. James’s Church and St.Saviour’s Church War Memorials. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
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