Unique Memorial Plaque to Lieut, 15th 'Bigland's Birkenhead Bantams' Battn, Cheshire Regt (KIA 1918)
ALBERT WILLIAM HANFORD
Born circa 1887, the son of Joseph & Emma Hanford, of Loughborough, Leicestershire.
Graduate of Nottingham University who worked pre-war as a Schoolmaster.
Commissioned 2.Lieut from Nottingham University Officers' Training Corps To France 2/4/17 & served with 15th Cheshire Regiment - 'Bigland's Birkenhead Bantams Battalion'.
KIA F&F 22/4/18 East of Martinsart: 'A concerted attack on the enemy began on 22/4/18. The objective was reached but the attacking patrols under the command of Lieutenant Albert Hanford encountered strong opposition. Albert was severely wounded and died as he was being carried in by stretcher bearers'.
He was Buried in Varennes Military Cemetery & his CWGC Headstone is inscribed: 'For God, for King and home. Proudly remembered deeply mourned'.
Commemorated on University College Nottingham OTC War Memorial, on Loughborough Carillon & on St. Peter's Church memorial, Loughborough.
Click Here- and scroll down to the 2nd entry for his lengthy obituary in the Loughborough Echo.
Note: The CWGC Website shows 18th Cheshire Regt, however both the original Graves Registration Unit entry & SDGW show him as belonging to 15th Cheshire Regt.
His Officers Papers exist at TNA, Ref: 339/37960 but we have not checked them.
With supporting research documentation.
Condition: In original waxed card plaque case. Some small stain spots otherwise, GVF/EF